Happy has lived in the shadow of Biff his whole life, he feels that to get the attention he deserves he must strive to be more successful than his brother. When Willy was talking about Biff, Happy kept hinting that he was losing weight, but Willy seems to ignore him. “He is a marked-down version of his father, with not even a grand dream to cover his grossness. His only redeeming aspect is an easy-going fondness for his family” (Koon pg.37). Happy shows
Willy knows deep down that he is overall a pretty unsuccessful man but he continues to tell his two sons that he is successful and that all they need in life is to be well liked in order to be like him. Although this is very untrue and Willy is not very well liked and is certainly not successful he puts on a front like its all one needs in life. Willy thinks that his attempts to kill himself are secret but all along Linda knows what he is doing
Walter Younger described how much he longed to be a part of the “American Dream”. His tone throughout the book suggested that he was disgusted with his lifestyle but very passionate about doing whatever it took to be well off and accepted by society so that his family wouldn’t have to struggle and be an example to his son of what a man should do for his family. Money probably meant the most to Walter because that’s all he talked about from the time he woke up at the start of the play until the end after he refuses Mr. Linder’s money. Walter works as a chauffeur for a rich white man making very little money leaving him feeling less
Willy Willy Willy Willy Loman is an older miserable grump who tries to act like he is everything but deep down inside it is killing him because he knows that he is not. Willy has two sons, one by the name of Happy who is womanizer and is just some desk jockey in New York City. Other son is Biff, maybe not the brightest son but he is determined and just wants to work a honest job not trying to become rich. Willy wants his sons to become successful salesman who are well liked and follow in his foots steps and it kills him that they are not especially with Biff wanting to be a farmer out west. Willy is depressed and insecure and causes many arguments with his sons.
The father’s values can also be examined, along with his relationship with his son, Joel. Mr. Sansom’s expectations describe a perverted self love. He does not ask, but expects that other people should give up their lives for him. The reason that Joel was called to Skully’s Landing was to take care of his paralyzed father, but he was not told this. One day, while Joel is reading a magazine to his father, he notices that Idabel is outside and he wishes to be with her.
Both protagonists are blinded by their illusions of success, and both of their experiences are akin to one another. Willy's experience with achieving the American Dream is similar to Troy's will to survive because Troy tries to be on the same level as Whites by overcoming racial barriers. Willy Loman, a traveling salesman, believes that one must be well-liked in order to achieve the American dream. However, Willy does not realize that the value of hard work and devotion plays the most important role in achieving success. Willy tries to teach his falsified ideology of the American dream to his sons, Biff and Happy.
A person like Chris McCandless who has everything in the world is still unsatisfied on what is around him. He has family, money and a great education that will soon be his great future but he thinks that everything related to wealth is sinful. Chris made a journey to search for the true meaning of life and escaped it pressures. He also tried to travel by using his instincts in life by living naturally without other's aide. Whereas he helped people suffering of hunger by donating all of his college money, he forgot to help himself.
He can’t accept bad things told about his son, although they’re true. This was certainly due to the fact, that Willy Loman was a man with big dreams, also in his old days. He had plans, goals he wanted to achieve: “ Willy: Don’t say? Tell you a secret boys. Don’t breathe it to a soul.
Andy’s image of self coming into the movie is a popular jock that is better than everyone else. He pays little attention to anyone outside his “social status”. I think that this image was formed mainly due to his father. Growing up Andy’s father had told him that losing is not acceptable and that you have to win to be anyone in life. Andy’s father is an example of the role of self in others; you only become self based on the relationships you are in.
“The truth is, unless you let go, unless you forgive yourself, unless you forgive the situation, unless you realize that the situation is over, you cannot move forward.” -Steve Maraboli. Forgiveness is difficult to do, but it brings a kind of peace that helps you go on with life. In Courageous, Nathan goes to his father’s grave and forgives him for walking out of his life. Every child needs a fatherly figure in his or her life, because he will set the tone for their future. It's important for a father to be a good role model because children almost always look up to their dad, and make decisions based on how he would have handled it.