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Death Of A SalesMan by Lari K

A look at the characters and changes to them and their America, spanning the years 1949 - 2012

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Death of a Salesman
presentation by Larissa K What is the “American Dream”? Arthur Miller Housewife
supportive of whatever her husband chooses to do
probably, there is a great deal of change to this character Arthur Miller agrees... Linda Loman Meet --- The Loman Family in 2012 Willy Loman Salesman Meet --- The Loman Family of 1949 Willy Loman -an aging salesman (63)
-as a result of his dissipating career, he suffers from anxiety and depression
-a very unstable man
-dreamt of living the American Dream
-values being well-liked and popular more than hard work, and believes that it is the key to success
“I get the feeling that I’ll never sell anything again, that I won’t make a living for you, or a business for the boys” –WillyLoman “I don’t say he’s a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money, His name was never in the paper. He’s not the finest character that ever lived...” –Linda Loman
“I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ‘Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to... pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people.” –Willly Loman Linda Loman -Willy Loman’s wife
-In the story, represents reality
-Supports her husband, though she knows he has unrealistic expectations “You’re my foundation and my support, Linda” –Willy Loman “...enough to be happy right here, right now. Why must everybody conquer the world?” -Linda Loman Biff Loman -Willy and Linda’s eldest son (34)
-Is focused on living up to his father’s expectations and making him proud -Because of Willy’s unrealistic expectations and Biff’s inability to reach them, the two do not usually see eye to eye -Enjoys being outdoors and would rather pursue a career involving that, than a selling career -As a boy, is looked upon as a star with so much great potential in the business world, by his father “Like a young god. Hercules– something like that. And the sun, the sun all around him... God Almighty, he’ll be great yet. A star like that, magnificent, can never really fade away!” –Willy Loman “Sure, maybe we could buy a ranch. Raise cattle, use our muscles. Men built like we are should be working out in the open.” –Biff Loman Harold (Happy) Loman - Willy and Linda’s younger son (32)
- An aspiring businessman
- Unhappy with his life and what he does
- Unsure of what would make him happy
- As children, was in the shadow of his older brother Biff “I don’t know what the hell I’m working for. Sometimes I sit in my apartment – all alone. And I think of the rent I’m paying. And it’s crazy. But then, it’s always what I wanted. An apartment, a car, and plenty of women. And still, goddammit, I’m lonely.” –Happy Loman [click image to play video (1.5min)] House with a picket fence? This character, I feel would experience some change from 1949 to 2012 Partial quote from New York times: “less imposing figure who only perceived himself (and Biff) as having everything it takes”, and not the true mountain within the family he was in 1949 Probably less hung up on the mirage of the American Dream, due to the different era Always striving for better Willy's American Dream unrecognized ... The term “American dream” is used in many ways, but it essentially is an idea that suggests that anyone in the US can succeed through hard work and has the potential to lead a happy, successful life. [click in time to sync text w/ audio
- you can use the back button to help control the speed
-- timing is up to you] What is Willy's “American Dream”? Arthur Miller comments on ...
the future of "Death of a Salesman" [click image to play video 4min] Presentation by:
Larissa K Hope you enjoyed this
visual essay :) Some people say that the American dream represents the desire to live a better life than the previous generation did — and that there is opportunity for this to happen. Possibly, Willy's focus on his success, his popularity created baggage for his boys to never realize their American dream, just like his own lost opportunity to find his. Perhaps the dream should be family. Biff Loman - an average guy, probably pretty flaky with jobs -still unsure of what would fulfill his life -not settled down or very stable (financially) -not really the athletic alpha he was supposed to have been (New York Times). Happy Loman - average business man -also leads an unfulfilled life -moderately wealthy (can pay his bills) -unwilling to settle down and have a family, but does have occasional girlfriends Other Characters -Willy’s neighbor and friend
-happy and pretty successful man
-helps Willy in a financial way
“He’s a man of few words, and the respect him.” –Willy Loman Charley Bernard -Charley’s son
-Hardworking boy/man
-Tried to help Biff out in school
-A successful lawyer
-Understands the key role hard work plays in the path to success Uncle Ben -Willy’s older brother “That man was a genius, that man was success incarnate!” –Willy Loman
“Walked into the jungle, and comes out, the age of 21, and he’s rich!” –Willy Loman -A successful businessman -Who Willy looks up to Some Historic Events Since 1949 James Dean dies aged 24 1954 1960 Barbie Doll introduced by Matell --JFK elected; promises to go to the moon
--Birth Control Pill approved for marketing 1959 Neil Armstrong
walks on the moon 1969 - Ronald Reagan elected President
- Mt. St. Helens erupts
- John Lennon is killed
- Soviets invade Afghanistan 1980 Tiananmen Square Massacre 1989 2005 Kyoto
Protocol The Past The Future The End Instructions:
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sophisticated, much more aggressive.
Is this type of change found in the
characters as well? I think so! Turn on volume,
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