Faulty Parenting Essay

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Faulty Parenting The most important job in the world is being a parent. It is a heavy responsibility to instill qualities in children that will insure they grow up to be successful and good parents themselves someday. “Through our own fathers, we build a sense of identity for the family. And we may pass on family traditions, values, and opinions that continue for generations” (Fogarty). Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” is a tragic story of Willy Loman, the father of what can be considered a typical American family. Willy’s father was never there to teach him the importance of tradition, values, or healthy opinions. Willy has spent his whole life chasing the American dream of wealth and posterity working as a salesman. Now in his sixty’s he is suffering from memory loss, he has lost his job, and has no financial security. He never knew his father so he doesn’t have a good sense of his own identity, he makes poor decisions in raising his son’s by instilling a false sense of what it takes to be successful, and allows them to steal and cheat.
Willy’s father left when he was a baby and he only has one memory of his dad, “All I remember is a man with a big beard, and I was in mamma’s lap, sitting around a fire, and some kind of high music” (Miller 1232). After his older brother Ben leaves shortly thereafter to search for their father, it is assumed that Willy doesn’t have a male figure in his life during his upbringing to teach him the things that a father would teach a son, such as morals, and a sense of values, possibly helping him form a sense of identity. Because of this Willy feels a tremendous sense of loss. Willy confesses his sense of loss over his father’s abandonment to Ben. “-well, Dad left when I was such a baby and I never had a chance to talk to him and I still feel---kind of temporary about myself” (Miller 1233). In a desperate attempt for fatherly
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