As one experiences the unpredictability of personal and business relationships, it becomes increasingly difficult to feel content with oneself. In Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” Willy Loman demonstrates startling similarities to Chris Gardner in Gabriele Muccino’s “The Pursuit of Happyness.” The impact that their sons have on their decisions, the level of support from their significant others, and the men that offer them a pathway to happiness are all noteworthy relationships that reinforce the similarities between these protagonists. The bond between a father and son is one of the strongest feelings known to man: a manifestation of masculinity that cannot be attained in any other form.
Comparing Willy Loman’s and his dreams to the average American and their American Dream helps illuminate how to not achieve the American Dream. Willy Loman was an unrealistic thinking salesman who believed he was living in his American Dream which consisted of being loved by his peers, having a large amount of money, and good personality. He was none of these things, only his family attended his funeral, he could not afford life insurance anymore, and people believed he was arrogant. His wife explains “Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper.
A strong link can be made between the song “Atlantic City” that has words that reflect on the story Death of a salesman. The overall theme of this photo essay connects to the American dream and how it was only a dream for Willy Loman. This connection is evident throughout the photos through the album as well as quotations from the song that relate to the story Death of a salesman. In the song “Atlantic City”, it talks about a man who has lot debts and life problems, which relate to Willy Loman.
Imagine this: you’re a teenager on the verge of adulthood, excited for the rest of your life to begin, but then your world comes crashing down around you. Everything you thought you knew is now no more. You go to tell the person you look up to, your dad, but he’s the one who caused the world to crash. The worst part? The fact that he is unaware of the impact he had on you, and blames you for the mistakes you make because of it.
In the dramas Macbeth by William Shakespeare and Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the playwrights use the motifs of gender roles and fantasy vs. reality to further characterize the protagonist. Both Shakespeare and Miller use gender roles throughout their dramas to reveal more about the character of the tragic hero. In Macbeth, Lady Macbeth uses her power over Macbeth to convince him that murdering King DUncan is the only path to ensure their prosperity. She expresses this feeling in stating "glamis thou art, and Cawdor, and shalt be what thou art promised. Yet i do fear thy nature; it is too full o'th'milk of human kindness."
Willy’s rejection of reality, stems from his fear of recognizing the mounting evidence of his failure to fulfill his desires and expectations. Willy’s concept of “success” is defined by the capitalist values of American society. Willy evaluates his life in terms of material success, shaped by the search of the American Dream. He adheres to the belief that if he works hard enough, he will be rewarded.
No one comes to Willy’s funeral, because he wasn’t really as well known as he made his family believe. Linda: “But where are all the people he knew? Maybe they blame him…”(Miller 137). Willy Loman believed he was a very “well-liked” salesman. When he in fact was nothing close.
In the play “ Death of a Salesman” Willy Loman is a salesman who wishes for a better life for his family and himself. Willy Loman is obsessed with creating a better life; he believes he deserves more and that he has the recipe for success. Willy Loman 's obsession with the dream directly causes his failure in life, which, in turn, leads to his eventual death. Willy is an excellent representation of the failures of the American Dream. Some people have argued that, the American dream of "a better, richer, and happier life for all our citizens of every rank is “the greatest contribution we have made to the thought and welfare of the world.
Willy The Kid, The Pollution Fighter By Libby Stein COPYRIGHT @ 2015 Acknowledgments With Love and Adornment for My Mother Irene and My Father Albert. With Love to My Sister Lisa, and My Nephew Brent One day Willy decided to clean up his town, a town he had once seen as a mountain of green lush grass and birds singing happily, but now the skies were grey and the grass no longer green and healthy. Today to his astonishment, there were no birds singing!
Throughout the novel, The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the poem, “Richard Cory” by Edwin Arlington Robinson, both authors are in fact pointing out; don't judge someone for how they look or what they posses, because no one knows what they feel inside and what they are living. In The Great Gatsby, there are many characters whom live the American Dream, but only one best fits with the theme and that is Jay Gatsby. As the final lines of the poem get closer, it becomes more clear that the author's point is; Luxury does not fulfill someone's life. The people in town see Richard Cory with all his luxuries and wish to be in his place, “In fine, we thought that he was everything/ To make us wish that we were in his place” (Robinson 11-12).