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  • Willy's Son Biff
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    Death of a Salesman -Character Sketches In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the main character, Willy Loman, is a struggling salesman. Toward the end of the play, Willy commits suicide by crashing his car. Willy Loman is a complex character who confuses illusion with reality. In a way, Willy has two personalities in this play. The one we see in the present action is a tired man in his sixties. The other Willy is the one we see in flashbacks. He is young and confident. In Act Two, S...
  • Willy's Oldest Son Biff
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    The Effects of Male Expectations Male expectations are ever present in our world creating an adverse effect on men making them feel inferior if they are unable to succeed financially. Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman explicitly shows just how harmful these expectations can be to a person and their families. The main character in the play Death of a Salesman Willy Loman is greatly affected by these male expectations. The man is expected to not only support his family but must also be able...
  • Willy And Howard
    651 words
    In the play, Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, three minor characters affect the plot. These characters are 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 de...
  • Willy Lomans Desire For Success
    651 words
    Willy Loman, the Tragic Hero A mighty warrior, slain during a battle while defending his familys honor comes to mind when we consider what makes a hero; not the image of a traveling salesman committing suicide to acquire personal satisfaction. In Millers play Death of A Salesman, Willy Lomans desire for success became his central drive with such intensity that it created a smoke screen blocking reality in his mind. The only way in which Willy can live up to his presentation of himself to the wor...
  • Boy Willie And Berniece's Uncle
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    Doaker Berniece and Boy Willie's uncle is a railroad cook, trying to keep the peace while testifying to the past. Boy Willie A few short generations removed from the African who carved the piano, he comes to Pittsburgh from Mississippi on a mission to sell his piano in order to buy a piece of the land where his ancestors slaved. Lymon Boy WIllie's partner watermelons is anxious to finish the business and begin his new life in the north. Berniece Boy Willie's sister, Doaker and the action of the ...
  • 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...
  • Willy Sta The Seeds At Night
    543 words
    Death of a Salesman: Symbols Many symbols are incorporated into the play 'Death of a Sales man' and they in turn relate to both character and theme. The hose, tape recorder and the seeds are some of these symbols. The hose in Miller's drama directly relates to the theme of d each. The hose isa line attached to the gas main in Willy's house which allows him to sn if f the gas. This action can be seen as Willy's suicide wish, and escape from the realities of life. As seen in the loss of his job an...
  • Willie's Scheme
    591 words
    Defend Boy Willie's Scheme for Buying Sutter's Land. In The Piano Lesson, written by August Wilson, Boy Willie devises a scheme for buying Sutter's land. Boy Willie has one part of the money saved up. He will sell the watermelons for the second part. Then he will sell the piano for a third part. The only debating issue in Boy Willie's scheme is the piano. Berniece does not want to sell the piano. This is the only reason for a defense in Boy Willie's scheme. Therefore, I will defend Boy Willie's ...
  • Willy And His Son
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    Death of a Salesman was a powerful play, written by Arthur Miller, which was produced in 1949. He establishes a serious tone towards his subject. Also, Miller sets an ambiguous attitude towards the audience. Miller established a very serious tone about the relationship between the father, Willy, and his son, Biff. Miller feels that a father should always be loved. However, Willy has filled his son with false values, emphasizing flashy success and personal popularity, like being star quarterback ...
  • Early And Willy's Sad End
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    Human emotions are something that we seldom find a way to express clearly: from simple hand gestures, to a disgusted face. To understand his novel more thoroughly, Arthur Miller uses the most understandable method of comprehension, music, to express the emotions of the characters in his play, 'Death of a Salesman'. The characters, Willy, Linda, Biff, Happy, and Ben, have a certain style of music and instruments portraying them to show the reader what type of emotional person they are. The beginn...
  • Willy's Unrealistic Views And Expectations
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    I believe that the main downfall of the Loan family was Willy's refusal to face reality. There are many examples of Willy's inability to face reality within the novel. He lived in a fantasy world. One of the key examples was when Howard fired Willy. Willy was a horrible salesman who never was able to sell anything and deserved what was coming to him. He just couldn't's ee this because he wouldn't face the facts. Another prime example of Willy not being able to face reality involved his oldest so...
  • Berniece Play On The Piano
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    Cindy Her Professor Davidson English 10221 March 2005 The Piano Lesson: A Deeper Look Winner of multiple awards such as the Tony Award, the New York Drama Critics Circle Award, and the Pulitzer Prize, August Wilson is known most for his forceful cultural plays. Born and raised in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, Wilson was born to a white father that later abandoned his family, and a black mother. Wilson dropped out of school in the ninth grade after being accused of plagiarism. Wilson after went to pu...
  • Willy Displays Many Childlike Qualities
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    Willy's life in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman can be summed up by Charley's one line, "When the hell are you going to grow up" (97) Willy's spends his entire life in an illusion of a great man with both popularity and successful. Meanwhile, Willy displays many childlike qualities. Many of these qualities have an impact on Willy's family. His two sons Biff and Happy pick up this behavior from their father. Willy's idealistic and stubborn actions stem from a false sense of is importance in t...
  • 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...
  • Gabriel For Money
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    The role of money in people's day-to-day lives is quite amazing when it's put into perspective. The primary reason most Americans get up in the morning is so they can go out and make money. Money buys things; money influences people; money keeps us alive; money makes us happy, or at least people think so. The influence of money in Fences by August Wilson and Death Of A Salesman by Arthur Miller plays a minor but very important role affecting the characters personal lives, the entire families, an...
  • Character Willy Loman
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    As is the job of a contrasting character, many individuals within Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman juxtapose Willy Loman and the ideals he exalts. Bringing into perspective the validity of Willy's statements and actions, other characters contribute to the emerging idea of who the character Willy Loman actually is. Perhaps one of the most important contrasting characters within the play is Linda Loman; Linda plays the wife of Willy as well as playing a very important role. Not only does she ta...
  • Willie's Dream For Biff
    394 words
    In the "The Death of a Salesman", the main character Willie is a very troubled man. He talks to himself and is depressed. He wants his son Biff to be a great salesman, but that's Willie's dream for Biff. This interferes with Biffs' life and he is not able to live and fulfill his dreams. Willie reminds me of my father is some ways, but is a complete opposite in other aspects. In similarity to my father, Willie talks to himself. I will often come into a room of my house and hear my father talking ...
  • American Dream And Willy's Disillusioned Values
    730 words
    Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, focuses on Willy Loman and his "American Dream". Depending on perspective, he could be considered a victim of this fallacy or the creator of his own tragic end. A combination of the two perpetuates his ultimate decision to take his own life. The "American Dream" usually entails having a happy family, a good job, a house and most of all, being successful. People in America sometimes have the notion that the only way to be successful and find fulfillm...
  • Preview Of Willy's Obsession With Money
    538 words
    In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, the main character, Willy Loman, destroys his life while chasing the American Dream. Willy's idea of the American Dream is achieving monetary success. Willy Loman's ambition to achieve monetary success destroys his life. This goal of money leads to the demise of his relationship with his family and eventually his life. It is clear that Willy Loman raised his son, Biff, to do whatever it takes to gain monetary success. When Biff first returns home in the pl...
  • 34 Years Of Willy's Life
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    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 isn't 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 great success and he tries to emulate Dave Single ...

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