As a result of his failure to make it to the baseball major leagues, Troy reflects his defeat on Cory, telling him he’ll never succeed because of the “white man”. In addition to his jealousy, another reason for Troy holding Cory back is he subconsciously does not want his son to surpassing his own life progress and accomplishments; this is unlike a usual Father who dreams of their child accomplishing more than themselves. Troy’s self-loathing also sabotages his seemingly satisfactory marriage. By cheating on Rose, Troy can escape his daily responsibilities and feelings of failure. He feels this way with his mistress, Alberta, because she does not know much of him or his past, unlike Rose.
Troy says to his son “your mama tell me you done got recruited by a college football team? Is that right?”(1323). Cory explains to him that his coach Zellman told Cory that a recruiter would be by the house for his father to sign permission papers to play. Troy’s failure to play in the major leagues due to the color of his skin makes him a bitter and angry man, especially towards his sons. He denies them of everything they like or that they feel good Troy does not want Cory to play football, because he himself was once let down by a sports experience.
Someone who blames everyone else for the consequences of their actions? Someone who doesn't own-up to their actions and try to make the situation better again? Cole is that 'someone'. He goes to the island mad at his parents because all the other times that he was in trouble with the law, his parents would pay the fees and get him out, however, this time, none of that happens. It was his mistake for beating up Peter anyways, yet he's mad at his parents and his lawyer because they didn't get him out.
This lack of sudden change wouldn't also fit in with the play's stark and down-to-earth style; demoralisation of a man is far more commonly a slow-acting process, and an attempt to adhere to Aristotle's decree would have been ultimately detrimental to Miller's fundamental aim for DoaS: to create a play relevant to 'every man' of his time. Willy's 'Harmartia' (fatal flaw) is his unwavering belief in the American Dream and his innate stubbornness. He refuses to accept the unconditional love of his family (in particular, Linda) and instead tries to 'win them over' as he would a customer. He appears to have a fundamental misunderstanding of the way the world works. His perception of the world may have been
This charactersitic seems to be running in the family, as his brother Joey, also resorted to violence a few times. This coincides with his fear of losing. He refuses to lose anything he gained. Not only does that apply to his wife, but to his games and even how to obtain the girl he wants. He refused to lose her to someone with more money (a hotshot as he called him) as he also took it hard when he was forced to purposely lose his title match.
Since the day Amir is born, he feels that his father dislikes him. While his mother gave birth, Amir continually felt as though he had to fix the ruining of his father’s life of love with Sofia. After all, they did not have much similarity, leading to a problem; Amir really had nothing to do that could affect Baba since they have nothing similar. Baba was more energetic, confident, and big on taking risks whereas Amir is not. The differences between the father and son are so abundant that Baba emphasizes, “If I hadn’t seen the doctor pull him out of my wife with my own eyes, I’d not believe he’s my son” (Hossieni 25).
Biff and Cory get different vibes as Willy gives support where Troy does everything to put it in a negative light. Willy believes Biff can have a future as a successful athlete but his aspirations of his son’s success becomes destroyed as Cory because of the fact that Biff becomes consumed of his father’s cheating (Casper1010,
Paul’s Case “Paul was quite accustomed to lying; found it, indeed, indispensable for overcoming fiction”. His lying was a constant source of frustration in his life which Paul could never fully understand. Paul’s battle within himself, along with the people surrounding him, is what eventually led him to his death Paul could never really show who he was because he was always trying to live up to what his father always wanted him to be like. When someone would try to help Paul, he would alienate himself from them. On his way to New York Paul hides himself from the passengers because he wants to ride alone.
Some of the characters seem to sense that progress is in the air, while others are still trapped in America's troubled past, dealing with racism everyday. Troy does not want Cory to experience the hardship and disappointment Troy felt trying to become a professional sports player, so he demands that Cory work after school instead of practicing with the football team. Cory, however, sees that times changed since baseball rejected a player as talented as Troy because of the color of his skin (Wilson). As you can see, there is a ripple effect on the attitudes and emotional views of a person. If affirmative action were to exist during that time, then Troy would have been given a chance to change his life, as well as his own outlook on his and Cory’s
The Hally threw away the friendship that had filled the void his father would not be able to fill. That afternoon tested their friendship, to see if it was strong enough. It changed their views about each other; it made them resentful towards each other if not at each other. It appeared that Hally sought to prove a point that he was superior than Sam. The moment he ordered Sam to refer to him as Master Harold, Sam replied to him by telling him about the consequences of his actions.