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Death of A Salesman: The American Dream

For Willy and Linda, life’s accomplishments and sources of pleasure are simple. This statement gives an excellent judgment of their lives because they lead very average lives for the time, and any depth is ignored on their part. This little scene exemplifies this point by showing a focus in their lives, being the mortgage on the house. For twenty-five years Willy and Linda have been working to pay off their mortgage, and once they do that, they will attain a sense of freedom, or the “American Dream”. That dream, especially…

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The book Death of a Salesman

No one has a perfect life. Everyone has conflices that they must face sooner or later. The ways in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as the people themselves. Some insist on ignoring the problem as long as possible, while some attack the problem to get it out of the way. The book Death of a Salesman, is written by Arthur Miller. It takes place at Willy Lomans – A 63 year old once popular salesman whos lost his popularity and sales, not to mention…

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American Drama Death of a Salesman

The American play, Death of a Salesman, follows the trend of being part of American drama. American drama has traditionally been concerned with the conflict between the goals and concerns of individuals and the values of society in general. One of the main characters, Willy, is the person struggling against the commonly accepted beliefs of society. The accepted and known belief in this novel is the American Dream. Willy rejects the dream which includes a house, car, property, and money, which are all obtained my some form of work. If…

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Willy’s Tragic Flaw and the Effect it Has Upon his Sons

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller concerns itself with the fall of a simple man perpetually in a steadfast state regarding his own failure in a success-driven society. The protagonist of the play, Willy Loman, will follow a tragic trajectory that will eventually lead to his suicide. Arthur Miller’s tragic play is an accurate portrayal of the typical American myth that sustains an extreme craving for success and a belief in the illusion of the American dream, a dream attainable only by a handful of people. Having chosen a…

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Realism in Death of a Salesman

Realism in Death of a Salesman Realism can be defined as an attempt to reproduce the surface appearance of the life of normal people in everyday situations (Kennedy 1410). Basically realism is a situation that normal people can relate to based on their own experiences. Realism is extremely prevalent in the play Death of a Salesman. The characters in the play all have real world problems. Lack of money is one of the problems, which is a problem for many people. There are also many conflicts within the family; the…

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Death of a Salesman: Willy Loman’s Faded Dreams

In the play Death of a Salesman Willy Loman who is the salesman, was mainly concerned with the success of his family. He set his goals and expectations for himself and his sons that were so high that they were impossible to reach. Willy was reaching for the American dream. He wanted to live in a great neighborhood, he wanted to have his own business, and he wanted his sons to be successful He wanted the perfect life. Unfortunately people dont always get what they want. Instead of the American…

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Chaharacter Analysis Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman

Scott Fitzgerald, author of The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller, author of Death of a Salesman, both tell the stories of men in the costly pursuit of the American dream. As a result of several conflicts, both external and internal, both characters experience an extinction of the one thing that they have set their sights on…. The American Dream. Jay Gatsby, a mysterious, young and very wealthy man, fatally chases an impossible dream. Gatsby attempts to rekindle an old relationship and has confidence in repeating the past. Gatsby claims that…

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Death Of A Salesman – Father-Son Relationships

In many literary works, family relationships are the key to the plot. Through a familys interaction with one another, the reader is able decipher the conflicts of the story. Within a literary family, various characters play different roles in each others lives. These are usually people that are emotionally and physically connected in one way or another. They can be brother and sister, mother and daughter, or in this case, father and son. In the Arthur Millers novel, Death of A Salesman, the interaction between Willy Loman and his sons,…

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Analysis of the main character of the play “Death of a Salesman”

In the play “Death of a Salesman”, the main character, Willy Loman is not respected and becomes very troubled. Biff Loman and Willy never get along. Biff does not respect Willy and calls him a fake. Biff knows that Willy has been unfaithful to his wife. Biff catches Willy in a hotel room with another woman. This causes Biff to lose even more respect for Willy. Willy lies to his wife about his income when he is really borrowing money from his brother Charley to pay his bills. This causes…

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Corruption of the American Dream in Death Salesman

The American Dream’ is based on the ‘Declaration of Independence’: ‘We believe that all men are born with these inalienable rights – life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.’ (Thomas Jefferson, 1776). This ‘dream’ consists of a genuine and determined belief that in America, all things are possible to all men, regardless of birth or wealth; if you work hard enough you will achieve anything. However, Miller believes that people have been ‘ultimately misguided’ and Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, is a moving destruction of the whole myth. The…

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Death of a Salesman Analysis

Biff says, “He had the wrong dreams. ” What was wrong about Willy’s dreams? Was there a right dream for Willy? Is Willy ever a success? Explain. What dream could Willy have followed successfully? In Arthur Millers’ Death of a Salesman, we see how the American Dream had such a great impact on the lives of people, and how it meant a promise of freedom and opportunity for everyone. People believed that by working hard they could accomplish anything they wanted, along with financial support for their families and a…

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Death of a Salesman: Persona

Charley says something in Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman that sums up Willys whole life. He asks him, “When the hell are you going to grow up? ” Willys spends his entire life in an illusion. He sees himself as a great man that is popular and successful. Willy exhibits many childlike qualities. Many of these qualities have an impact on Willys family. His two sons Biff and Happy pick up this behavior from their father. He is idealistic, stubborn, and he has a false sense of his importance…

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The Self Destruction Of Willy Loman – Death Of A Salesman

In Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, Willy Lomans life seems to be slowly deteriorating. It is clear that Willys predicament is of his own doing, and that his own foolish pride and ignorance lead to his downfall. Willys self-destruction involved the uniting of several aspects of his life and his lack of grasping reality in each, consisting of, his relationship with his wife, his relationship and manner in which he brought up his children, Biff and Happy, and lastly his inability to productively earn a living and in…

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Death Of A Salesman – Minor Characters

In the play Death of a Salesman, the plot is affected by three minor characters: Ben, Charley and Howard. The minor characters help the story’s protagonist, Willy, develop extensively throughout the course of the play; therefore, they are key elements in the advancing story line. This story line blends and contrasts Willy’s closest companions, Ben and Charley. They represent two aspects of Willy’s ideals. Howard, Willy’s boss, functions in order to heighten the destruction of Willy’s dream. The characters Ben, Charley and Howard are influential in the play’s outcome and…

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Death of a Salesman and The Price Comparison

When people accept an ideal to live by it can be a glorious and noble thing unless they become so obsessed with the the ideal that it becomes a yolk and they are unable to realize their dream. This is especially true for two characters in Arthur Miller’s plays Death of a Salesman and The Price. In these two plays Miller portays two lower-middle class men , Willie Loman and Victor Franz, respectivelly, who each live by an ideal that ultimately is self-defeating. Willie lived to pursue the American dream…

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Death of a Salesman – Characters

Willy Loman is a travelling salesman who has worked for the Wagner firm for 34 years. He is now 61 years old and his job has been taken off salary and put on commission. He has a family and he boasts to them that he is “vital in New England,” but in fact he isnt vital anywhere. Willy has many strong beliefs that he strives to achieve. He wants to own his own business and he wants to be “bigger than Uncle Charley” and especially he wants to be a…

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Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman

No one has a perfect life. Everyone has conflicts that they must face sooner or later. The ways in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as the people themselves. Some insist on ignoring the problem as long as possible, while some attack the problem to get it out of the way. Willy Lowman’s technique in Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, leads to very severe consequences. Willy never really does anything to help the situation, he just escapes into the past, whether intentionally or…

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Death of a Salesman vs The Simpsons

Each of the characters in “death of a Salesman” can be compared in some way to a character in the Simpsons. Linda Loman has a lot in common with Marge Simpson. Both love their families very much and are always the first to defend their husband’s actions. Each wife is unappreciated and and does not receive much respect from her family. They try to instill good values onto their children: Marge reprimands Bart for stealing, and Linda tells Willy not to encourage the boys to steal. They attempt to steer…

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Analysis of the Ending of “Death of a Salesman”

The play “Death of a Salesman” shows the final demise of Willy Loman, a sixty- year-old salesman in the America of the 1940’s, who has deluded himself all his life about being a big success in the business world. It also portrays his wife Linda, who “plays along” nicely with his lies and tells him what he wants to hear, out of compassion. The book describes the last day of his life, but there are frequent “flashbacks” in which Willy relives key events of the past, often confusing them with…

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Death Of Salesman and Willy Loman

Death of a Salesman, written in 1949 by American playwright Arthur Miller, illustrates the destructive compulsion of a man to attain a success far beyond his reach. This is accomplished through the portrayal of Willy Loman, the play’s central character. Willy Loman is a pathetic character because he does not hold any possibility of victory. Unrealistic dreams which are the product of a refusal to honestly acknowledge his abilities deter any triumph that Willy may have the ability to achieve. Throughout the play Willy Loman surrounds himself with an obvious…

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