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Troy and Willy’s Motivators and the Impact of Their Motivators on Their Relationships with Their Sons Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller has received multiple accolades for its insight into the dynamic of a struggling American family in the late 1940’s. Similarly, Fences is August Wilson’s acclaimed play, also about a lower class American family set in the 1950’s. There are many parallels between the two plays and in particular, there are many similarities between the circumstances and experiences of the two main characters ,Willy Loman and Troy Maxson. There is one key difference between Willy and Troy, which impacts the family dynamics in both plays. Although Willy Loman and Troy Maxon underwent similar circumstances and experiences, Willy was the better father because he loved his sons, where as Troy valued honor over love. The parallels between the Loman family and the Maxson family are nearly endless. The socioeconomic conditions were similar for both; they lived meagerly with small homes, barely making ends meet. Both fathers worked themselves to the bone to provide for their families and struggled with dissatisfaction in their occupations. Troy filed a complaint at his job about how the white men were always driving and the African-American men were lifting. Willy was not selling as he once did and when he asks his boss to stop traveling because he is tired, he is then fired. Both characters feel trapped by their obligations, seek relief in extramarital relationships, and reap the negative repercussions. In Death of a Salesman, Willy’s son discovers his affair in Boston, altering their relationship. Troy produces a daughter with his mistress, ending any emotional relationship with his wife. Troy and Willy embellish in their story telling. When Willy is talking to his boss, Howard, he talks about his career’s success and how in 1928 he had

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