(Act 2) Willy comes off looking like a fool when he attempts to lie in order to impress Howard and soothe his own insecurities. Ironically, his constant need to lie in order to make himself well liked is probably a big part of the reason that people don't really like
The main character, Willy Lomman, is consistently denying reality, both inside his mind and outside of it. The first point I want to bring is how Willy pretended to be someone else his whole life and how this affected his well-being. The second point is how those beliefs, instilled in his two sons, affected their well-being. The last point is how Willy's denial of reality made him miserable. One of the key points of the story is, without a doubt,
This suggests that the life of an aesthetic without a thought to morality can be destructive. Dorian, by observing his hideous transformation in his portrait is “corrupt without being charming” (Wilde, 1) as he manages to find “ugly meanings in beautiful things” (Wilde, 1). Gray discovers that beneath his youthful appearance lies a sinful man that is capable of murder and blackmail. Dorian however at first denies this discovery. He continues instead in his quest for pleasure and intern allows his soul to disintegrate even further.
Loman, whose ideas of achieving perfection have been frustrated due to his incapacity to face his weaknesses, cope with his limitations, and confront his real self, is the reason the play can be categorized as a tragedy. Miller evokes pity and fear in his audience throughout the story, portrays Loman as a man who is plagued by his American Dream that is unrealistic and impractical, and finally uses Willy’s suicide as his inevitable defeat through his own actions and flaws. Death of a Salesman has many aspects associated with dramatic tragedy, including a flawed hero, a ‘fall’ into despair,
Baba brought the kite to Hassan to make up the guilt for not being able to acknowledge to truth. Baba’s hesitation, which causes by sin leads Amir to feel that he never knows Baba completely, alienating Amir from Baba while Amir is growing up. Baba locks this secret because of his love to Amir that he doesn’t want to impair Amir’s heart. Hence he acts cruel, marble, and unreasonable to not making Amir doubts him. In Baba’s angle, all the things that he does is based on the love to Amir, the guilt to Hassan and the tension of not to being doubt by Amir.
Amir was delighted at his success. He wished everything to go simply like he imagined it, and he dreamt of a “happily-ever-after” relationship with Baba, where that one kite could fine-tune everything. Rostam and Sohrab come back as the prototypal father and son. Hassan’s favorite story from the Shahnamah sketches a father, Rostam, who unwittingly kills his long-lost son. Amir, who was longing for his father’s approval, used and misinterpreted the complete tale as an apologue of his own life.
Artan (2014) studies death of a salesman under the domain of American dream and the theme of narcissism because he believes that there is a connection between these two in character of Willy Loman. The purpose of his study is “to demonstrate that a close reading of the protagonist, Willy Loman suggests that his notion of success in relation to the American dream can be regarded as narcissistic” (Artan, 2014, p.2). According to Artan, American dream is the main theme of this play and Miller shows it through the characters’ wishes. He believes that Willy Loman is an unsuccessful salesman since he has misunderstood the notion of American dream and the fact that Willy sees success in working hard, the way of speaking, appearance and attractiveness that makes him a narcissist who wants to be superior and be liked by
In many texts, a tragic figure contains aspects of a hero; they have power or other noble qualities. These types of tragic figures are held back by a tragic flaw, which contributes to their downfall and categorizes them as a tragic hero. However, some tragic figures do not have to obtain these qualities, but rather have qualities of normal people. Throughout “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman is presented as a tragic figure, illustrated through his dreams and suffering of himself and others, displaying the theme that the American Dream can drive one’s life out of control. A few key aspects of Willy cause the reader to classify him as a tragic figure.
“Never lie to someone who trusts you. Never trust someone who lies to you.” -Anonymous. In the play Much Ado About Nothing by William Shakespeare lies and deceit will be shown very well, especially by Don John and Don Pedro, when Don Pedro and Don John deceive and lie to many. Both for different reasons and both have different effects. Don John lies and deceived many, because his brother, Don Pedro, the prince, is happy and Don John is a sad man with no happiness except for making others around him miserable.
Also, the narrator selfishly became mad after not achieving his goal he had set with his brother. There is an explanation in the text when it says, “The knowledge that Doodle’s and my plans had come to naught was bitter, and that streak of cruelty within me awakened.”(Hurst 394). This became somewhat of a domino effect, and after he let his anger absorb him his story became a much darker one. Due to his anger, he pushed his little brother too far and lost the person who meant the most to him in the process. The title connects to the story because “The Scarlet Ibis” is a key component in the story.