In the play by Arthur Miller, the main character Willy Loman is a man in his 60’s. He is dressed in a drab coloured, ill-fitting suit. Willy shows early signs of dementia, as he spends much of the play having flashbacks or incorporating the past into present day situations. Through this the viewer learns much about Willy and his past. We learn that Willy is a salesman, who is has only had minor success. Willy blames this on the fact that he is not well liked. In the beginning of the play Willy has had a car accident and his wife Linda wants him to ask his boss if he can work only in New York instead of having to travel. When we see Willy in a flashback he appears to be happy and affectionate with his sons, who seem to return the affection.
Throughout my report I have chosen to illustrate how Willy Loman in the story of Death of a salesman has lived by all his life by searching for perfection rather than reality. Willy lived to chase his unachievable dream rather than living the reality. His unrealistic connection between his reality and what he dreams to be has led him to death. His wrong judgments’ that are based on materialism and capitalism are a symbol of Willy’s dream to become a wealthy person. My presented report symbolizes realistic circumstances in which Willy build up a fear of abandonment, this feeling what made him want his family
Willy Loman and Walter Lee Younger are two different people, in two different worlds with almost the same type of problems. The struggles between the Younger and Lomans is quite a twist for some people but if given a chance can be unraveled to see how much love and care is actually put into the meaning of family. First is Willy and how his life is being changed by his memory and struggle to keep up on payments. Second is Walter struggling with his drinking problem and trying to keep his temper in check to tell a certain white man to leave and that they are keeping the house they bought. Lastly is the difference in their struggles that they have to face in order to survive and handle in order to keep their family together.
In society, people that deviate too far from the norm are often ostracized and are doomed to fail. In the book The Great Gatsby, an example of an outsider is Gatsby. Gatsby devotes his life to fitting in, yet as an outsider he never truly does. Another example of an outcast would be Willie from Death of a Salesman. In the story, Willie is just too old and lacks the skills to acclimate and be successful in this world. Through their stories, both Miller and Fitzgerald illustrate how “misfits” in their societies were doomed to fail due to an inability to let go of the past.
Have you ever encountered someone whose life endured a great amount of disillusion or failure? These aspects relate to each other-one might cause the other- and create tragedy. Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman the main characters in the books The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald and Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller both lived lives that did not meet their own goals. Both Willy and Gatsby created their own destruction when their chances at achieving their objectives were unattainable. Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor.
Even after his time is over, Willy continues to provide life lessons to his sons. In her article, Fix argues, "He lies this way because he doesn’t know what to offer them and fears he is 'not teaching them the right kind of-- ' principles … In the end, rather than to admit the bankruptcy of his legacy, he sells his death to perpetuate it" (Fix 4). Charlene Fix brings up a good point, but she does not discuss the fact that at Willy 's funeral he is able to provide his sons with one final lesson, that knowing many people does not make you loved or appreciated. His lesson is demonstrated during a conversation between his family:
Nothing ever came easy for Willy Loman. He was a hardworking salesman, husband and father who deeply believed it was possible to live a happy and successful life if you put in the time. Despite working as a salesman for many years he always struggled to make ends meet. Willy’s disappointments in life, own personal failures, and inability to accept reality push him past his breaking point, ultimately ending in suicide.
Willy Loman was a loving husband, good friend and most importantly, an amazing father. Regret fills my heart to the brim, the only thought that keeps running through my mind is what if I would’ve been there for my father. I wish the last words I spoke to my father were different and the last things I did to change my father were different. Willy’s decision to take his own life is both incomprehensible and confusing. Perhaps Willy’s priorities seemed to have shifted out of place as the years went on. My dad seemed to have found more importance in being wealthy and well liked at work and in the world, than he did at home. Although the details of Willy’s death are gruesome and dark, I feel it’s best to speak about the brighter things that went
Antigone is the play by Sophocles. It opens with the deaths of Antigone’s two brothers, Polynices and Eteocles. Creon, the new ruler of Thebes, doesn’t allow Polynices to be buried on the ground because Polynices attacks his own city. Antigone thinks burying her brother is her duty, so she violates Creon’s decree and throws some dusts on her brother’s corpse. Creon is offended by her behavior and gives an order that is locking Antigone into a cave with a little food. When Antigone’s fiancé, the son of Creon, finds her death, he kills himself.
Society is an ever changing phenomenon in which social norms are constantly being called into question and altered. For instance, concepts like fashion, art, and music have transformed numerous times. However, one idea has been maintained in American mythology for decades. This is the belief that someone’s success comes from his or her annual income or how well he or she is able to conform to certain standards. Authors like E.L. Doctorow, F. Scott Fitzgerald, and Arthur Miller created characters in their works that embrace this notion. In Ragtime by E.L. Doctorow, a character named Father creates his goal of a perfect life by having his family live in a secluded, upper middle class town away from immigrants and other minorities. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Often individuals are prevented from achieving satisfaction due to a fundamental flaw in their character. In the case of Willy Loman, this flaw is his excessive pride and ambition. For the majority of his life, Willy has been primarily influenced by his brother Ben’s success. This has caused him to develop a sense of ambition that is both unrestrained and idealistic. Over the course of his lifetime, both Willy and his sons fall short of the impossible standards of this dream. Willy conducts his whole life based on the belief that any man who is good-looking, charismatic, and “well-liked” deserves success and will naturally achieve it (1.30). He attempts to make his mark by working as a salesman because, according to him, “selling [is] the greatest
Tragedy can spread. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is the protagonist, however he not the only person in the play who’s story ends tragically. His view on life spreads to those close to him. Primarily, Willy teaches it to his children who look up to him while his wife simply attaches herself to him, rooting for him in blind support while really she should be waking him up to the cold and dark reality that is their life. Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently. Willy finds out his dream of being an popular, well respected salesman is impossible and takes his own life. Linda supports Willy despite the abuse and confusion he puts her through with his various attempts to take his own life, with his delirious ramblings and hallucinations, and with his constant deception. Happy still sees his father as a hero and Biff finally begins to grasp the truth of the “American Dream”. When Willy kills himself, all of the Loman family, including Willy, break free from the web of false dreams he spun and begin to understand Willy’s failings. They also realize their own flaws. In doing so, they show the audience how each and everyone of them was slightly to blame for Willy’s tragic fate.
Living the fairytale happily ever after is either a truth or an illusion. If the statement is true, then what defines happiness? What happens to a person unable to achieve the high standards that are defined as happiness? The outcome of a person who cannot achieve the high standards that are defined as happiness brings unwanted feelings of low self-worth. But what exactly is the American Dream? Does it produce happiness or unrealistic dreams that lead to abandonment? This paper will argue that hard work does not always bring happiness and hands on success to achieve prosperity.