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Death of a Salesman

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman

Guilt
Biff feels guilty for...
GUILT
Death of a Salesman
Alex, Lauren & Gabrielle
Linda
Bernard
Happy
Loose for of guilt
<<Every day I go down stairs and take away that little rubber pipe. But, when he gets home, I put it right back where it was.>>
She knows Willys secret
I'll be your punching bag Biff
<<We had a fist fight. It lasted at least half an hour. Just the two of us, punching each other down in he cellar, and crying right through it.>>
Hey Mom im sorry
Example of guilt in the real world
How The Theme Affects Today's World
An insecure, self-deluded traveling salesman.
Thrives and sells his own version of the "American Dream" to his family

Lives in his own delusions
Willy Loman
The "Woman"
Something that has haunted Willy ever since Biff found out
His pride
Willy left on the floor
Biff -> his whole life was fake
The Loans
The "American Dream"
Not being there for Willy when he needed him
Not having his life together
Stealing Bill Oliver's pen
"No! Nobody’s hanging himself, Willy!
I ran down eleven flights with a pen in my hand today. And suddenly I stopped, you hear me? [...] I stopped in the middle of that building and I saw — the sky. I saw the things that I love in this world. [...]

And I looked at the pen and said to myself, what the hell am I grabbing this for?
Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be? What am I doing in an office, making a contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am! Why can’t I say that, Willy?" (p. 132)
"And I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody! That's whose fault it is!" (p. 131)
I found this on a site for Happy:
Happy, who works at a department store, declares that he is not content either. He claims to feel guilty about his unethical behavior: sleeping with the girlfriends of higher executives and then attending their weddings, and taking bribes from manufacturers to put their items on display.
For leaving Willy in the washroom
"Linda: You're a pair of animals! Not one, not another living soul would have had the cruelty to walk out on that man in a restaurant!
Biff,
not looking at her
: Is that what he said?" (p.124)
"Biff: Because I know he's a fake and he doesn't like anybody around who knows!

Linda: Why a fake? In what way?What do you mean?

Biff: Just don't lay it all at my feet. It's between me and him - that's all I have to say.
I'll chip in from now on. He'll settle for half my pay check.
He'll be all right. I'm going to bed."
(p. 58)
"Will you stop mending stockings? At least while I'm in the house. It gets me nervous please!" (p.75)
"Now look Biff, when you grow up you'll understand about these things. You mustn't overemphasize a thing like this." (p.120)
Rick Osborne
Making up for what he has done in his past
The woman -> was given gifts of stockings
reminds him of how he should have given the new stockings to his loyal wife
Symbol of betrayal during play
"Imagine? When the mail comes, he'll be ahead of Bernard again!" (p.130)
Math class + The woman
"Why, why can't I give him something and not have him spite me?" (P.127)
Places the blame on him again
In the wrong also
"I'm keeping account of everything, rememeber. I'll pay every penny back." (P.96)
Doesn't want to feel like he's not offering anything back -> Charley
Pride & Guilt
Especially after lying so much
What's the matter with you? I've got a job." (P.97)
"Spite, spite is the word of your undoing!"
Willy -> is a salesman
Biff’s ego-crushing rebuff -> Willy’s inability to sell him the American Dream
the product in which he believes in a lot
"By regretting to not do something, you do something else in hopes that it makes up for it."
"[...] A reminder not only of the overwhelming numbers of Jewish victims, but also of other groups persecuted by the Nazis: including homosexuals, Roma and Sinti people, and outspoken political opponents of the regime."
"[...] to cry, but also to be aware that such horror can take place again."
http://www.dw.com/en/germany-remembers-victims-of-national-socialism/a-17388760
"The Day of Remembrance for Victims of National Socialism"
WW2
Jan 27th, 1945
Guilt in 2015
Mr. Martinez, a military psychologist, said all the Paris attacks survivors he has treated so far have voiced deep feelings of “shame and guilt” because they’re still alive when so many others died.
P.94
My definition of guilt
Something you have done and later on regret and feel ashamed of. Depending on the scenario the guilt may be ever lasting.
Trying to steer young adults in the right direction
After leaving his sick dad at the restaurant, Happy comes home with flowers for his mother
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