The most common character that carries that trait is of course Willy. Willy shows betrayal from the very beginning, when the author told us about Willys’ affair. By having an affair, Willy not only betrayed Linda but he also betrayed Biff as he lost his trust. The reason why he might betray a lot is because he is afraid of betrayal and so in order to overcome it and not feel like he was ever betrayed, he goes and betrays. As mentioned above, Willy reflects Biffs’ failure in business as a reflection of his own dreams of succeeding although he only succeeded for a short while in his life.
Unfortunately, Doodle was no match for his brother’s aggressive and selfish actions. In the end, Brother’s pride is to blame for Doodle’s untimely death. Brother’s pride was responsible for his opinion of Doodle. At times, Brother was kind and loving to Doodle, but the reader soon realizes that the narrator was mostly harsh and cruel to his brother. In the beginning of the story, Brother recounts the day Doodle was born, saying that he was a disappointment as soon as he entered the world.
“A searing condemnation of the American Dream” How well does this phrase express the concerns in Miller’s play. It can be said that the American dream and its failure is certainly one of the central themes of Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’. Miller tells us the story of an ageing travelling salesman, Willy Loman, who’s success is rapidly dwindling, who’s sons fail to live up to his expectations and who is increasingly haunted by memories and imaginary conversations with people from his past. A significant portion of the play takes place as flashbacks that give us insight into the problematic relationship between Willy and his family and the origins of his failure as he strives to achieve success. Willy has a dream that he refuses to give up even when it becomes clear that his dream is shallow, unrealistic and unattainable.
He blames Charlie as the one who caused him to lose his boxing career and he also blames himself for his lack of bravery to act according to his own will. Despite all these, with the support and guidance of Father Barry and Edie, and finally the death of Charlie, Terry is awakened and is confident enough to fight like a contender in accordance to his conscience. His actions no longer depend on others and he finally wins the respect of the other longshoremen. Kazan clearly shows that Terry has his brother Charlie to blame for making him a bum. In the cabin, while Charlie is meant to bribe Terry with a job so that he would keep quiet about the deeds of the union, Terry expressed his disappointment in Charlie.
Willy is encouraging Biff to steal again oppose explaining him his mistake. In addition, this can be considered as clue that tells that reader that Willy is confessing to Ben and the reader of knowing that his future is holding on by a string. Meaning that, Willy knows that he will have trouble with his sons in the future. Meaning that, Willy knows his sons will not work and not achieve the dreams that he had once for them. This can be noted when Willy and Linda are in the kitchen.
The American Dream The American Dream; A white picket fence, the yard, and a big red door. In Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman does not achieve this American Dream ethically. Throughout the play, Willy Loman cheats on his wife teaches his sons to cheat and steal, and believes that if you are well liked you will get far in life. While on the road selling his products, Willy was faced with many temptations, and gave into them. While in Boston Massachusetts, Willy would come to meet the character known as The Woman.
The Brotherhood has a hierarchal structure in which the committee makes decisions and those working for it have no say in the goals and actions of the organization. He finally realizes that he is invisible to those around him. The narrator was a successful student in school, and earned a scholarship to college. As a young man, he thought that his obedience to the white system of education was his doorway to purpose and identity. He was invited to deliver the speech in front of the white town leaders, which praised humility as the black man’s key to success.
When Willy arrives, he refuses to listen to Biff, which angers him. Happy tries to get Biff to lie to his father, which Biff slightly does. Willy falls into another flashback hallucination, one in which his son discovers his affair with a potential customer in Boston. From that moment on, Biff had never looked at his father the same. Back in the Lowman residence, Linda scolds her sons for abandoning her father back at the restaurant.
In my opinion, the play is written in the parallel storyline. Even though the play is mostly about Willy’s reactions and the conversation that Willy has with others, I think Biff is the passive protagonist since the play is mainly about his life, and the perspective of Biff can be felt by the audiences. Both protagonists are dynamic characters in the play. The first protagonist is Willy, unsuccessful salesman, who has mental instability and confuses the past with the present situations. I think Miller used the name “Loman” to reflect the characteristic of the low man who has a poor social life, one of the main reasons why he is unsuccessful.