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  • Death Of A Salesman: Willy Loman Is A Tragic Hero - 698 words
    Death Of A Salesman: Willy Loman is A Tragic Hero 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 s our and misunderstanding his job and family. All of this tells the story o f everyday people in American society. His environment is changing faster than his beli efs 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 l ife. He still believes he is popular, respected and good looking. But at age 63, he is none of those. Nobody liked him that much since very few people came to his funeral. His delusion was that there would be people across ...
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  • Death Of Salesman And Willy Loman - 1,118 words
    Death Of Salesman And Willy Loman Willy Loman, the troubled father and husband in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," can be classified as a tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle in his works, "Poetics." In Aristotle's text, a tragic hero was defined as one who falls from grace into a state of extreme unhappiness. Willy, as we are introduced to him, becomes increasingly miserable as he progresses from a dedicated, loving father, though not without flaws, into a suicidal, delusional man. The definition of a tragic hero, as stated in "Poetics," also describes a person who is influential and is of significance to others. Though, in actuality, Willy Loman may not possess these characteristics, ...
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  • Death Of Salesman And Willy Loman - 1,610 words
    Death Of Salesman And Willy Loman Compared with other Characters Literary Journalists have spent lots of time researching different characters in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, and have focused primarily on Willy Loman, since he is the most complex character in the play. There have been many different theories about the relationship between him and the other characters of the play. Certain Journalists have gone beyond that point and have compared him with other characters. These comparisons allow the reader to see Willy from a different perspective, which also allows the reader to understand the position of Willy Loman. D. L. Hoeveler has explained Willy's standpoint to the other chara ...
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  • Death Of Salesman And Willy Loman - 1,387 words
    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 air of insecurity and confusion. His lack of confidence and uncertainty in what he wants are qualities ...
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  • American Dream - 1,162 words
    American Dream The American Dream What is the American Dream? Is it fame? Is it fortune? President Franklin Roosevelt explained the American Dream as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. (AAC) I think that the American Dream is different for everyone. It is simply the urge for a better life. The American Dream is still valid but is totally different from what it used to be. For the early immigrants the American Dream was a better life not with material goods, but by freedom. Freedom to worship whoever they want. Freedom to say whatever they want without fear of being arrested or shot. (AAC) This Dream stayed with America untill the 1900's. That's ...
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  • Arthur Dimmesdale - 1,093 words
    Arthur Dimmesdale Dimmesdale In Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter, Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale unquestionably suffers more than Hester Prynne, his accomplice in the affair that took place years ago. He is tortured by Roger Chillingworth, Hester's husband, who arrives in Boston and begins to 'assist' Dimmesdale with his illness. He is also tormented by Pearl, Hester and Dimmesdale's daughter, who, is a product of the affair. He also injures himself, as the shame of the incident literally makes him sick. These persons, including himself, contribute to Reverend Arthur Dimmesdale's potential downfall. Roger Chillingworth arrives in Boston, and ironically, the first scene he views is his wi ...
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  • Arthur Millers Death Of A Salesman 1949, 1977 Portrays A Man Who Struggles With The Task Of Having A Good Family Relationship - 1,833 words
    Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (1949, 1977) portrays a man who struggles with the task of having a good family relationship at home with his wife and two sons, and procrastinating being a successful salesman. The play reveals how procrastination can destroy an individual's life. Through an analysis of the character of Willy Loman and his actions in the five major periods of his life (i.e., sending Biff to college and showing interest in his football ability, paying the last house payment on the house, getting fires from his job of some thirty-odd years, having Biff catch him cheating on Mrs. Loman, committing suicide by running his car into a tree), the theme is developed. Willy Loman m ...
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  • Biffs Role In Death Of A Salesman - 645 words
    Biff's Role In Death Of A Salesman The Importance of Biffs Role in Death of a Salesman The play Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, follows the life of Willy Loman, a self-deluded salesman who lives in utter denial, always seeking the American Dream, and constantly falling grossly short of his mark. The members of his immediate family, Linda, his wife, and his two sons, Biff and Happy, support his role. Of these supportive figures, Biffs character holds the most importance, as Biff lies at the center of Willys internal conflicts and dreams , and Biff is the only one in the play who seems to achieve any growth. Biffs role is essential to the play because he generates the focus of Willys co ...
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  • Daeth Of A Salesman - 1,171 words
    Daeth Of A Salesman Michael Neppl Page 1 June 17 1999 In the play, Death of a Salesman , Arthur Miller depicts a typical dysfunctional family. This is Arthur Miller's best-known and most important problem play. It is a symbolic and in part expressionistic, and it challenges the American values concerning success. Willy Loman is a salesman who after thirty-four years of being on the road, is slowly starting to deteriorate physically as well as mentally. Upon his being fired, Willy tries to understand why he has failed as a salesman, a father, and as a husband. The word dysfunction defined according to The American Heritage Dictionary is abnormal or impaired functioning. This definition paints ...
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  • Death - 1,317 words
    Death Of Salesman By Miller "Willy as a hero or a villain?" A large controversy that revolves around the play "Death of a Salesman" is whether or not Willy Loman was actually a hero or a villain in the story. It certainly cannot be said that he is really one or the other because of the evidence that is given throughout. At some times he seems the pitiful victim of other people's actions but at others he seems to have only himself to blame. Most don't know whether to feel sorry for him or to hate him. Although there seems to be evidence to support both ideas, there seems to be more pointing in the direction of the latter. Willy's first fault concentrates around the affair that he had. Maybe w ...
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  • Death - 1,322 words
    ... lking to Biff and Happy in a flashback, telling them about the people he knew in the towns all around New England. He says, "America is full of beautiful towns and fine, upstanding people. And they know me, boys, they know me up and down New England. And when I bring you fellas up, there'll be open sesame for all of us, 'cause one thing, boys: I have friends." In just that small conversation Willy clearly points out all of the people he knows and emphasizes the fact that that will help them out if they wanted to go there. Even though he says he has these so-called friends, the reader gets the impression that he doesn't really have any at all. He also asks Biff, in the flashback, how all ...
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  • Death Of A Hero - 865 words
    Death Of A Hero Death of a Hero Ryan Connelly February 20, 2001 Ib/AP English D.O.A.S. essay Is there anything that can evoke more emotion from an audience than a hero's downfall? The most effective plays in history, from Oedipus , the most famous of all tragedies, to plays like Romeo and Juliet , tragedies are always the plays with the greatest emotional impact on an audience. There are many critics who believe that tragedies can no longer be effectively written in today's world. These critics believe that the tragic mode is archaic, fit only for the very highly placed, the kings or the kingly and therefore cannot realistically exist in the modern world (Tragedy 1). Tragedy is possible in t ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman - 566 words
    Death Of A Salesman Is Linda a supportive or destructive force in her husband's life? "Death Of A Salesman" by Arthur Miller shows the gradual collapse of Wily Loman. Linda Loman is a destructive force in Willy Loman's life through her excessive support. His wife, Linda attempts to help him by continuos support and encouragement. Although she knows he is distressed, she persuades him to believe he is successful and well-liked. She conceals the truth in order to protect her husband. Linda is described as the personification of family. She holds the family together by encouraging her husband and protecting him from heartbreak. She supports Willy's confidence and defends him against criticism. ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman - 538 words
    Death Of A Salesman Good 1 Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman explores the ever-elusive American Dream. It is something that we all chase after, yet we have different concepts of it. Willy Lomans vision of the American Dream was a rather distorted one. He was obsessed with reaching this goal. He believed that finding it would make him successful, yet his perception of what the dream was all about ultimately caused his demise. His belief that popularity and risk-taking provide the essential tools for success proved to be a tragic mistake. Willy grew up believing that being well-liked was important to becoming a success. He thought that popularity could help you charm teachers and even open do ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman - 1,174 words
    Death of a Salesman "If the exaltation of tragic action were truly a property of the high-bred character alone, it is inconceivable that the mass of mankind should cherish tragedy above all other forms" (Dwyer). It makes little sense that tragedy should only pertain to those in high ranks. As explained in his essay "Tragedy and the Common Man," Arthur Miller sets out the pattern for his own idea of a tragedy and the tragic hero. This pattern supports the idea that a tragedy can occur in characters of common men as well as those in high places. In his paper, he demonstrates that it should be possible for everyone to be able to identify with the tragic hero. Miller redefines tragedy as more co ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman - 831 words
    Death Of A Salesman Analysis of Death of a Salesman The tragedy of a family The play Death of a Salesman was written by Arthur Miller in 1949. He was born on October 17, 1915 in New York City. Most of Millers works emphasizes the common man struggling through the misconceptions and false illusions that modern society imposes. In the case of Death of a Salesman, Miller uses social realism, which is the attempt to describe human behavior and surroundings or to represent figures and objects exactly as they act or appear in life (Encarta 1). The main themes of this play are the idea of the American dream and what it takes to success, the struggle to distinguish between reality and illusion, and ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman - 1,117 words
    Death Of A Salesman Death of a Salesman: In the play, Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman: Willy Loman, a sympathetic salesman and despicable father whos life is a casting off has some traits that match Aristotles views of a tragic hero. Willys series of ups and downs is identical to Aristoles views of proper tragic figure; a king with flaws. His faulty personality, the financial struggles, and his inabiltity are three substantital flaws that contribute to his failure and tragic end. Willy, an aging salesman who sells nothing, is abused by the buyers, and repeatly borrows money from Charley to make ends meet. He is angered by the way his boss, Howard fired him after working for thirty-four-ye ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman - 1,093 words
    Death Of A Salesman On one spring day four black widow spiders (two begin male and 2 begin female) went up a tree in couples of the opposite sex. One couple was foreign to America, the other was not. They were all at their sexual prime and to do a mating ritual called sex. When the foreigners were done the male became very tired and all he wanted to do was sleep, but the much larger female spider flighty and talkative. She wanted to talk of their recent sexual experience, but the male was far too tired and told her to shut-up. Like all women she became emotionally scared and in retaliation she killed her much smaller spouse. Not exactly the June Cleaver type of spider is she? On the other si ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman And Biff - 643 words
    Death Of A Salesman And Biff The Importance of Biffs Role in "Death of a Salesman" The play "Death of a Salesman", by Arthur Miller, follows the life of Willy Loman, a self-deluded salesman who lives in utter denial, always seeking the "American Dream," and constantly falling grossly short of his mark. The members of his immediate family, Linda, his wife, and his two sons, Biff and Happy, support his role. Of these supportive figures, Biffs character holds the most importance, as Biff lies at the center of Willys internal conflicts and dreams , and Biff is the only one in the play who seems to achieve any growth. Biffs role is essential to the play because he generates the focus of Willys co ...
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  • Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller - 426 words
    Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller In Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller, the main character, Will Loman, could be considered a tragic hero. A tragedy must have conflict in it. Now only with people, but also in the mind of a character. In Death of a Salesman to A View from the Bridge, it said, " ... not only conflict between people, but at the same time within the minds of the combatants." From this, a tragedy must enlighten the reader, " ... pertaining to the right way of living in the world." In a tragedy, it gives the reader hope that man will overcome his weakness. "It is the glimpse of this brighter possibility that raises sadness." Overall, a tragedy must ensue in a struggle that p ...
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