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  • Great Willy Loman
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    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 th...
  • Willy's Younger Son
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    Dangerous Ground of Illusion Relations between fathers and the younger generation have been and continue to be an important theme for various literary genres (King Lear, Shakespeare; Fathers and Sons, Turgenev). For many famous writers the significance of fathers' influence on their children forms a subject of particular interest... In the play, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller shows in a very striking manner that the father's influence can be either positive or fatal. The dispiriting story of...
  • Unattainable By Willy And His Sons
    430 words
    Amidst Willy's late-night yelling, Charley, a neighbor and friend of the family, enters from outside, wondering what all the commotion is about. He starts a card game with Willy in order to settle him down. Out of friendship, he offers Willy a job after hearing about his problems as a salesman. Willy is quick to take offense at this offer, saying that he already has a good job. Later, when Willy brings up the subject of Biff, Charley advises Willy to give up on his son. "When a deposit bottle is...
  • Willy Loman's False Pride
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    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 that are the product of a refusal to honestly acknowledge his abilities deter any triumph that Willy may have the ability to achieve. Thro...
  • Willy's Last Hit Of The Drug
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    The Reality Evasion Drug Never does one go through their life without having to deal with some sort of personal conflict. The manner in which people deal with these conflicts vary as much as the prints on a person's finger. Some try and solve the problem and get rid of it, while others will try and put it aside for as long as possible. Willy Loman's method in Arthur Miller's play, The Death of a Salesman, is very dangerous and builds to harsh results. Willy never tries to help the circumstances,...
  • Miller's Use Of Imagery
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    Arthur Miller profoundly explores the subject of morality and human values in his two famous plays, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. Though dealing with a common topic, the works contain major differences that help to make them unique. Death of a Salesman describes the tragedy behind shattered dreams and the effects that they bring on entire families. It focuses greatly on illusions created by individuals and the inability of those individuals to except reality. All My Sons, on the other han...
  • Biff And Willy
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    Death of a Salesman In Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur Miller, Miller reflects the theme that everyman needs to be honest with him self and act in accordance with his nature by displaying success and failure in different lights. Miller embodies the theme through characters in the play by explaining how their success and failures in being true to themselves help shapes their fates. Strongest evidence of Miller's theme is reflected in the characteristics of Biff Loman, Benard, and Wi...
  • Ideals Like Willy
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    Willy Loman is indeed a pathetic and tragic hero of Death of a Salesman. His problems stem from his own delusions, the American Dream turning sour, and misunderstanding his job and family. All of this tells the story of everyday people in American society. His environment is changing faster than his beliefs which is why he is in the dilemma that he is in now. His own delusions are a result of his failure to succeed in life. He still believes he is popular, respected and good looking. But at age ...
  • Willy Loman
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    Is it possible to control your whole life Is there a way to know how your life will turn out before it happens In the play of Death of the Salesman Willy Loman faces these questions. Willy Loman was a simple man who was a salesman. Since Willy thought that his life was so simple he thought that he could control everything to it. Willy Loman thought that he could control the aspect of his job, he thought he could control how successful his kids were going to be in business and most of all the tho...
  • Willie's Self Image
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    Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a play best summed up in its title, it is just that, the death of a salesman. This death is not necessarily the physical end to a human life, but the crumbling end to the dreams of Willie Loan, the play's main character. The three main parts to Willie's world are his job, his family, and his image as seen by the rest of the world. Although these parts are interwoven and interrelated, they are best divided and given separate analysis. The first part of Willi...
  • Willy And His Sons
    597 words
    Often times when we read literature, we can derive certain ideas or messages that the author of the work is trying to illustrate. After reading the play Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller, it is evident that he is trying to comment on our society. These comments on society being expressed are demonstrated in several examples throughout the play. I think the idea that Miller is trying to get across to the audience is that, today's society is filled with people who don't get the credit they dese...
  • Willy's Belief In The Wrong Idea
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    Willy Loman is the cause of his own misfortune Many characters in literature are the cause of their own misfortune. In the play Death of a Salesman by author Miller, Willy Loman is responsible for his misfortune as well as the misfortune of his two sons Happy and Biff. Willy creates his own small world in which he is the boss, everything goes around him, nothing will change and nothing will go wrong. But by thinking this way Willy causes his own misfortune. Willy brags to his boys that he is wel...
  • Next Day Lacey And Willie
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    The Crazy Horse Electric Game The story starts of while they are playing their first baseball game of the season against the Crazy Horse Electrics. They decide to put beer in the opposition team's water bottles as a prank, so that they could win. After that Willie decides to go fishing with his dad. They have deep conversations, and they start talking about why Willie's mom does not fish like she used too. Then they get into talking about Missy, Willie's little sister who died of SIDS (Sudden In...
  • Biffs Face And Willy
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    Biff / Willy - Turning Points A major turning point in the story Death of a Salesman occurs on pages 1394 and 1395. The scene is Willy walking into Charley's office and he sees Bernard (Charley's son) waiting in the waiting room. Willy sits next to Bernard and starts to have a conversation with him. The conversation starts out casual, then Willy asks Bernard where did he go wrong with Biff (Willy's son). Bernard tells Willy that Biff was prepared to attend summer school and Willy was surprised. ...
  • Willy In His Own Mind
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    Willy Loman is the main character and protagonist of the play. He has been a traveling salesman, the lowest of positions, for the Wagner Company for thirty-four years. Never very successful in sales, Willy has earned a meager income and owns little. His refrigerator, his car, and his house are all old - used up and falling apart, much like Willy. Willy, however, is unable to face the truth about himself. He kids himself into believing that he is well liked by his customers in the New England ter...
  • Hard Willy
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    It is late evening and the sun is about to set on old highway 53 heading south from Yonkers to home. Willy driving in is car, continuously thinking to himself, what he his going to do about all his problems. You see Willy is down on himself about his success in life. He thinks to himself that he could be better known and make more money to pay off his bills. As Willy is driving down the road it becomes hard for him to concentrate on the road as he thinks more and more about the good things that ...
  • Values Willy And Biff
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    Warped Values Willy and Biff Loman's Destructive Relationship in Death of a Salesman In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, numerous examples of a dysfunctional family are illustrated. Many opinions have materialized concerning the significance Willy Loman exuded on his eldest son, Biff. How did Biff go from being a handsome, popular captain of the football team to a transient, insecure kleptomaniac who wanders aimlessly from job to job Was there an isolated event in his life that cha...
  • Willy And Troy Face
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    In drama, struggles and tensions within the lives of characters and the situations they face are important for the building of the plot and maintaining the attention of the audience. In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and Fences by August Wilson, the main characters of the plays face struggles which move the plot along, while adding anticipation and excitement. Willy and Troy face struggles internally and externally with society. Willy struggles with failing business, while Troy struggles w...
  • Willy's Worthlessness As A Salesmen
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    Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesmen" was portrayed as a multi-faced, hypocritical man who did nothing but lie to himself about what he and his family were. Howard, Bernard, and Charlie show his personalities. Howard is very harsh and straight forward with Willy and shows the audience how worthless he is, whether or not Willy himself realizes it yet. Howard tells Willy "I don't want you to represent us anymore" and Willy realizes he is being fired. It shows that Willy is so obsess...
  • Willie And Biff
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    The play, "A Death of a Salesman", is one of America's favorite tragedies. The play is one that every man can relate to. The play involves real characters in real situations. The play demonstrates the great American struggle to make it in the world. "A Death of a Salesman" also shows a struggling relationship between a son and his father. These facts are why this play will always be a continuing classic. The play deals with two major struggles that every person can relate to. The more major of t...

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