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Death of a Salesman

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman
Interactions between the Loman family members lead to
Tension
Separation
& Realization of Flaws
Reasons Why:



The constant fighting, bickering, and
Arguments:
Tension between family members
Will pushes his son Biff away, leading to separation.
Biff & Happy came to realization that their father, isn't so perfect after-all.
TENSION
infidelity
the American Dream
character interactions
SEPARATION
Biff idolized his distant father until he cheated on his wife, creating a barrier in their father-son relationship.
REALIZATION OF FLAWS
Biff and Happy idolize and have nothing but love for their father, but as they grow up they realize how their fathers plans weren't ideal, and they start finding things wrong with Willy.
Counterarguments
Separation-
It wasn't Willy, it was Biff, he separated himself and moved to the country...
There was no foundation in their relationship. Willy has never been honest to his family, so Biff moved because he was sick of his father. If everything was steady in their home, Biff wouldn't have moved out. Therefore, Willy essentially is responsible for making Biff move.
Realization of Flaws-
When Happy comes to realization that his father isn't the man he was in his eyes he doesn't want to be involved anymore...
Happy still wants to make his parents proud regardless of their situation, yes he knows his dad messed up and his mom isn't really with it, but he loves them because they are family. His father was put up on a pedestal at a young age, it is an allusion of what his father is to make him feel better about himself.
Critique of Scholarly Articles
"Family Values in Death of a Salesman"
by Steven R. Centola
"The Nature of Tragedy in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman"
by Robert A. Martin
Main Idea: "Willy Loman's self-delusion & moral confusion is responsible for dehumanizing the individual and transforming the American Dream into a nightmare."
Main Idea: The tragedy in Death of a Salesman, is argued that Willy becomes a tragic-figure through "his desire and willingness to secure one thing-his sense of personal dignity." Willy's life long dream of success is flawed.
Works Cited:
Centola, Steven R. . "Family Values in Death of a Salesman." no.1.CLA Journal 37 (1993): 29-41. Gale Literary Databases. Web. 25 Dec 2013
Martin, Robert A. . "The Nature of Tragedy in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman." no.4.South Atlantic Review 61 (1996): 97-106. Gale Literary Databases. Web. 25 Dec 2013
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. New York: Penguin Books, 1986. Print.
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