Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor. When expectations are high from the people you love it’s difficult not falling for the pressure. Willy constantly felt uneasy about the wedge between him and his wealthy older brother Ben. Ben was a symbol of success and fortune: “No! Boys!
In Lorraine Hansberry’s “Raisin in the Sun” Act 3 Walter has seized the hero role and he displays a lot of pride. Walter is starting to understand that he has to stand up for what he believes in and not everything is about money. “And we have decided to move into our house because my father-my father-he earned it for us brick by brick”(1933). Walter turns down the Clybourne Park Association 's offer only after he remembers the roots his family has in America, and the rights that they deserve. He wants to set a strong example for his son, Travis, just like his father did for him.
A leading justification of why Linda presumes Biff has the ability to save Willy’s life is due to the two men’s prior relationship. Preceding Boston, Biff idolized his father who in return propped Biff on a pedestal. A direct correlation of Willy’s self-worth is matched with Biff’s success. Near the end of high school Biff began to strive to please his father carrying his father’s pride on his shoulders “This Saturday Pop, this Saturday- just for you, I’m going to break through for a touchdown.” Biff warrants his father’s approval because of the pride his father exudes. The father-son relationship is the bond Linda hopes is strong enough to save Willy.
Not only does this relate to Jay Gatsby’s charming characteristics, but it also relates to Willy Loman’s interpretation of the American Dream in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman believed that if one was charming, handsome, and dedicated, they could achieve anything. This interpretation of the American Dream perfectly fits Carnegie’s timeline at an early age, as he received numerous promotions as a
Amir lived with guilt for very long from being the cause of his Mother’s death , to being a coward and letting something take place that he could’ve stopped. Hassan was Amir’s servant , but also his loyal friend who would do just about anything for him, including losing his innocence. Growing up , Amir’s father was a businessman and never had much time for him although, Rahim Khan , Baba’s good friend , helped fill that void of a father figure that Amir needed. Rahim knew everything there was to know about Amir , including his big secret. After the invasion of Russia, Amir and his father eventually came to America and started a new life .
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
A hero, fool, or heroic fool? Many people admire Chris McCandless for wanting to find his happiness and consider him as a hero, and some consider McCandless a fool for his lack preparedness and unjustified choices. So which is he then? Chris dropped everything in his life to go chase a dream in the Alaskan Wild. He lived in an upper middle class family with everyday luxuries, but he never had the best relationship with his father.
Arthur Miller demonstrates this in his play The Death of a Salesman, through the actions of Willy Loman. Since Willy has perpetually dreamed of his oldest son Biff being successful, he takes matters into his own hands after discovering that his son has not yet accomplished anything in life. Willy tries to “get him a job selling and make him big in no time” (16). Things for Biff turn out to become more complicated when Willy interferes with his life, along with his fantasy of fulfilling the American dream. Willy trusts that the most effective job a man could wish for is selling; however, Biff believes that “there’s nothing more inspiring or-beautiful than the sight of a mare and a new colt.” (22).
Someday I’ll have my own business, and I’ll never have to leave home anymore” ( Miller 30 ). Because of his faith in the American Dream, he happily conforms to stereotypes within society and easily bows down to the pressure of society. However as his life starts to spiral out of control and he loses his job, he is forced to question the values of success and the idea that happiness can made possible by hard work and effort. Willy becomes conflict between his desire to conform and succeed in his society, and his despair over the fact that success seems unreachable which causes him to examine the very essence of the American
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.