He is obsessed with this ideal of greatness and an “American Dream” that is completely unattainable due to his imagination. He wants to leave a legacy of being known as the best salesman in town. He also wants his sons to follow in his exact footsteps while obtaining much wealth. His downfall arises directly from his continued misconception of himself as someone of more success that he has. His pathological visions of being successful and his ungrateful acceptance of his own American Dream push him to cause arguments within his family, envision suicidal thoughts and ultimately take his own life.
While in the dark, dreary, congested truck, filled with “groans and muttered prayers,” his father advises him to think of something pleasant. Surprisingly, Amir does not consider Baba; his memory goes directly to Hassan. This thought is incongruent with the way he strives for Baba’s attention and recognition in his daily life. After much struggle, Amir finally achieves this glory the day he wins the kite battle. Given Amir’s previous actions, it seems that this would be the day he remembers; the day he finally makes his father proud.
Biff knew that the life of a salesman was not his own dream but his father’s dream for him. All Biff really wanted was to be able to work with his hands and enjoy the simple things in life. Towards the end of the play, Biff tries to confront his father and get him to see how false his dreams were, and accuses Willy, of having false dreams. In accepting the truth about his father, Biff is able to make a decision about his own future based upon a realistic view of his
Willy Loman, a self-deluded salesman who lives in complete denial searching for his "American Dream," finds himself in a belated mid-life crisis. He never achieved the glorious existence as a salesman he had envisioned for himself, so he places all his hopes in his two sons, Biff and Happy. But because their father has infused them with the same fundamentally wrong sense of morality and of what is important in life that has delayed his own success and happiness, the sons find themselves equally trapped and suspended in time without the ability to succeed. Miller reveals Willy’s Struggle as the perfect father, his concerns in his image as a role model, and his controllable actions that misguides the downfall in his relationship with his
45-58 Annotation: Biff Lowman looks to his father for moral support and guidance, but instead finds his father cheating. Willy Loman refuses to admit he was wrong, and Biff is left with out a solid foundation for moral values. Weales, Gerald Clifford, ed. Arthur Miller Death of a salesman, text and criticism. New York: Penguin Books, 1977.
A World of Guilt: Amir’s Struggle to Become a Better Man In The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini, Amir struggles to become a man. His idealization of manhood is largely derived from the influence of his father his primary role model, Baba. Baba is a strong, assertive and confidant man in Amir’s eyes and despite their differences, Amir strives to embody this type of masculinity. However, Amir only becomes a better man when he is broken down and beaten into a humble man. Amir’s relationship to his mother, father and half brother, Hassan, are guilt ridden and strained.
It creates a happiness and builds something to work towards. However, some parents chase after goals in which they just are not suited for. For instance, in “Death Of A Salesman“, Willy, the father of Biff and Happy, creates a false sense of a positive outlook on searching for a career and what it takes by saying that, “The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead.” (Miller Line 625-627). In fact, these ideas are the exact opposite of what it takes to be successful in the business world. Willy thinks that if he were to tell the truth to his kids, they wouldn’t respect him for not being as successful as he claims to be.
Newman was a man who refused to accept failure, and demanded the appearance of great confidence in his family. Thus, it was this chance meeting with his uncle that inspired Miller to create Loman and the Loman household characters as they are. Wealth, hard work, job security and family union are some of the concepts that involves the well-known term, the American Dream. Few people think this dream is something that is automatically granted. Many others however, as in the story Death of a Salesman, view it as something that has to be achieved in order to be successful.
And try to stay invisible “He is a great father who has been struggling his life to earn some good money and wants best for his son called Luis Galindo. Carlos Galindo has presented himself as a great father. Like other parents, he wants to give best for his son. Carrie Rickey says, “ Demian Bichir in a performance as modest and as epic as the movie he’s in.” He wants to give his son all the luxurious and facilities that he never got in his whole life. Carlos was always concerned about his son.
Amir frequently doesn’t succeed to live up to Babas values. The failure relies on Babas disregard of love towards his own son. Instead he would give his attention and appreciation to his servant’s son Hassan when he would be extraordinary or successful. Babas idea and understanding of being strict holds to be true of looking after number one. Coming close isn’t winning, so when Hassan outperformed Amir in many things such as kite flying, shows Babas prejudicious views on Amir.