This paper will synopsize these two plays and then analyze how they were casting a negative light on laissez-faire capitalism with similar ideals to those of Karl Marx. Death of a Salesman Miller’s Death of a Salesman portrays a delusional family headed by Willy Loman, an unsuccessful salesman with unrealistic expectations. After a work trip where he almost crashed multiple times, he and his wife realize that he can no longer commute and decide he should ask his boss for a local job in New York. His son Biff is in town, which he is not exactly ecstatic about because of his farm hand career choice. He feels his son is wasting his time pursuing such a fruitless job
Willy never realized this and in turn it caused his mental health to deteriorate even more than it already had. While Linda enabled him, Willy could not help himself too keep ruining the good opportunities he had and turning them into some factious reality. At Willy`s funeral Biff comes to the realization that his father had all the wrong dreams and visions of success. Willy`s only dream was the fake “American Dream” that people believe will happen overnight. Willy`s failed attempts and happiness bonded into one and played a part into him creating this false reality and persona that he was the best salesman and that he was well loved by everyone around him.
“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.
Ultimately, these aspirations lead to negative repercussions. First of all, the pursuit of perfection can be observed by the actions of a particular individual in Death of a Salesman. The main character of the play, Willy Loman, was a man with misguided life goals. A rather insecure person, Willy placed strong emphasis on his reputation and self-image. He wanted more than anything else to be a popular salesman well-liked by everyone around him – it was the perfect portrayal of himself.
Everyone wants to live the American Dream, the ideals which means that if hard work is put into something, than there will be great success. In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy, tries to live the American Dream but can 't achieve it. Throughout the play, music and theft are used as motifs to show the successes and failures of Willy. The flute is the first and last sound that is heard in the book. It 's used as a motif to connect Willy Loman 's vague memory of his father, a flute-maker and salesman.
The film describes the American condition, how a man in America lives, and how he makes a great effort to make his dream come true and achieve happiness. The film also reminds me of another film called “The Great Gatsby” which is about a man in 1922 New York in search of the American dream. However, unlike Chris Gardner Gatsby’s dream of Daisy does not come true due to money and dishonesty. These two characters relate because they both work hard and pursue their dreams in order to keep the people they love. THe difference is that they were on completely opposite sides as Gardner was poor and Gatsby was a millionaire and also Gatsby did never achieve his dream wheres Gardner
As mentioned above, Willy reflects Biffs’ failure in business as a reflection of his own dreams of succeeding although he only succeeded for a short while in his life. Also, the affair that Willy was in might have affected Biff and made him unable to keep a job. Willy has such insecurities with betrayal and himself that not only does he believe his family betrays him but also people on the outside too. His boss, for example, just because his boss fired him, Willy takes it as a form of betrayal even though he tells him, “there’s no room for betrayal in the business
Throughout the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller we see first hand what the thought of the American dream can do to a hard working man such as Willy Loman. Craig L. Thomas once said that “You stuff someone into the American Dream, and it becomes a prison.” What he means is that sometimes when people work hard and stay determined they don’t always end up on the wealthy side, and Death of a Salesman displays just that. Willy worked hard all his life and was determined to provide for his family. After a few years of working hard however, he starts to run into some economic struggles. In the beginning of the play wee see Willy’s sons, Biff and Happy, on the same path as their father.
If somebody else took that ball there’d be an uproar.” (Page 19, Act I) Although, this influenced more Biff rather than his brother Happy. He 's not only the huge, moronic character. Actually, he 's the main character in the book who demonstrates any genuine self-improvement. Of course, Biff is additionally defective, much the same as every other person. He could not graduate from high school, he could not hold a stable work, and he argues with the majority of his managers.
Willy Loman is a financially struggling man in his sixties looking for success for him and his family. Miller depicts Willy as a tragic character in his willingness to preserve his dignity. Additionally, Willy’s dignity is tainted in the story because of his flawed philosophy of the American Dream. This along with unjust comparisons leads to Willy’s death. Based on how Willy Loman evaluates himself unjustly, he is a tragic hero because he must do anything to preserve his dignity, and his false impression of the American Dream, which leads to his downfall.
Willy is tired, confused, and argumentative, but he loves his son and tried to conform Biff into an enthusiastic, optimistic and confident salesman. Willy is salesman, who returns early from a business trip. After almost collapsing several times, he is enlightened and realized that he should perhaps change his job to once in which he will not be required to travel. Linda, his wife, also realizes that her husband is no longer suitable for his job as a traveling salesman; thus, she suggests that he requests that his manager, Howard, gives him a local job at the New York headquarters. Willy believes this should be possible because of his contribution throughout the years as a respected salesman.
In The Deaths of a Salesman, Willy Loman is a salesmen who is trying to achieve the American Dream just like everyone else in the world. In his head, he believes to be this well liked and huge successful salesmen. In reality he is more of a self-conscious man who tries to live his fantasy he has in his head while being deceitful to not only himself but his own family as well. Throughout the play Death of a Salesman, Willy has several slogans that he attempts to live his life by. One of the main slogans we hear Willy say repeatedly throughout the play is that he is “The New England man” or that he is “Vital in New England”.