Death of a Salesman

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Death of a Salesman

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Death of a Salesman

By: Arthur Miller

Character

Willy Loman

Analysis:

The American DreamThe theme I have chosen is The American Dream and Millers criticism of it. Miller does not believe that the American Dream is an attainable idea. The Dream entails that if you work hard and are dedicated it will always pay off; finically, socially, spiritually etc. Miller’s criticism is shown through the many failings of Willy’s character. Biff’s character is also an example for Miller’s disposition of the American Dream because it shows the conflict it can create and other valid options as career paths.

Biff Loman is lost. In the greatest country in the world a young man with such —personal attractiveness, gets lost.

I wont have you mending stockings in this house! Now Throw them out!

Business is bad,its murderous,but not for me of course

I chose this quote from Willy because it shows the importance he puts on outward appearances. It also highlights his thoughts about America. In his mind the combination of ‘the greatest country in the world’ and an attractive young man should create a millionaire not a farm hand. This quote is ironic because you could argue that Willy has not found himself ether, like it shown in my other quote. The importance he places on such things has been argued to be his fatal flaw. Even as he commits suicide Willy is blinded by the dream that Biff will become an import business man.

You can't eat the orange and throw away the peel - a man is not a piece of fruit

Charley, the man didn't know who he was

Biff said this to Charley at Willy’s funeral. I used this quote because it shows the irony of the first quote. Willy is angry at Biff for what he [Willy] sees as Biff trying to spite him. In reality he is just trying to be true to his desires of working the land. Biff sees the happiness that being outdoors also brings Willy and thinks that he has wasted his life trying to conform to a dream with was unreachable. He sees this happiness when Willy does things like build the front porch, or fix the ceiling. Willy also expresses his love for planting and building a hammock with the boys many times throughout the play.

Oh, Ben, that’s the whole beauty of it! I see it like a diamond, shining in the dark, hard and rough, that I can pick up and touch in my hand.

By: Paige McQuaid

Diamond: The diamond represents wealth and sucess through out the story. In the end Willy also uses it to describe the money he is leaving behind for Biff. he thinks with this money he will achive the American Dream and stop 'wasting' his life.

Nature: the symbol of nature is repeated many times throughout the play. It is what all the Loman boys enjoy to do, encluding Will'ys father and brother. The theme of nature is also shown through the playing of the flute in the play.

Orange: Willy has been used up by the company and socitey like the inside of an orange. Although this is a very literal symbol, I think it demostrates the way the American dream can 'eat peoples souls' via crushing there dreams etc.

Birds: I think birds are a good representative of Willy because he is very flighty in the way he talks and thinks. He is constantly going from one place to another always chatting wildly. Also in the end he tries to fly south when winter comes; meaning he kills himself when things get tough.


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