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Death Of A Salesman: The Role Of Happy Loman

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Emily Larizza

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Transcript of Death Of A Salesman: The Role Of Happy Loman

-Real name is Harold, at West point they call him Happy
-Is a re-incarnation of Willy's worst traits: When Willy cheats on his wife Linda, and when Happy sleeps with soon to be married woman and his bosses wives
-Takes after his father with selling: Happy wants to become a merchandise manager
-Very confident
-Loves woman
-Happy is not content with his life
-Happy is lonely and unhappy with his life
-Dreamer: He mentions how he is going to be rich
-Successful: Has his own apartment
- Overdeveloped sense of competition: Tries to sleep with every woman

Happy Loman
Secondary Quote
Based on Miller's cousin Abby Newman who had had a reputation with the ladies, Miller created Harold Loman. Called Happy by his friends, Biff's younger brother invokes a happy-go-lucky personality. However, we soon learn that this is a deluded happiness. Happy is not happy at all but pushes his inner discontent to one side and lives a bitter and aggressive life, sleeping with his bosses' wives and girlfriends to get petty revenge for their being higher up on the corporate ladder. Forever seeking both parents' attention with his declarations that he is losing weight or getting married.

This secondary quotes explains the other side of Happy we don't often see. In the film and play we see Happy as an outgoing person but this side explains what he going through with his family.
1.Happy- "All I can do is wait for the merchandise manager to die" Page 23

This quote relates to Happy because it shows how alike him and his father are. Willy thinks to be rich you need to sell, and that's what Happy is trying to achieve, so by becoming merchandise manager Happy believes he will achieve his goal.

2. Biff- "No, I'm mixed up very bad. Maybe I oughta get married. Maybe I oughta get stuck into something. Maybe that's my trouble. I'm like a boy. Are you content, Hap? you're a success, aren't you? Are you content?"
Happy- "Hell no!!!" Page 23

This quote resembles Happy because he is not content with his life after following in father foot steps and same goes for his brother Biff.

3. Happy- " Sometimes I sit in my apartment- all alone. And I think of the rent I'm paying. And its crazy but then its what I always wanted. My own apartment a car and plenty of woman. And still goddammit lonely" Page 23
This quote relates to Happy because Happy is a dreamer like his dad and after having everything he ever wanted he is still lonely and sad because he thinks he still hasn't achieved the American dream and that is to also be rich like his uncle Willy's brother Ben.

By: Emily Larizza
Death Of A Salesman: The Role Of Happy Loman
In the play
Death Of A Salesman
by Arthur Miller. Happy Loman strives for his parents approval, so he can have the attention instead of living in his brothers shadow. Through Happy himself, living in the back round of his brother, and his approval by his parents we see how hard it is for Happy to achieve the "American dream".
Primary Quote
Work Cited
Abbotson, Susan C. "Harold Loman," Critical Companion to Arthur Miller: A Literary Reference to His Life Work, Critical Companion. New York: Facts On File, Inc., 2007. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 29 May 2016.<http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?

Bloom, Harold. "Death of a Salesman." In Bloom, Harold, ed. Death of a Salesman, New Edition, Bloom's Guides. New York: Chelsea House Publishing, 2010. Bloom's Literature. Facts On File, Inc. Web. 29 May 2016 <http://www.fofweb.com/activelink2.asp?ItemID=WE54&WID=101973&SID=5&iPin=BGDOAS12&SingleRecord=True>.

Living In His Brothers Shadow
- Biff plays football which takes his dads attention away from Happy
- Willy only cares about Biffs passing math and football: When Happy tells his father he's loosing weight Willy ignores him and continues talking to Biff
- Happy is often pushed to the side
- In Willy's eyes Biff is first
-Happy and Bernard fight over holding Biffs football equipment which shows that Biff is the star in the family
- Willy pays Biff a lot of compliments: Willy always says Biff is gonna have a lot of girls going after him, and that is going to be very successful
-Willy is very protective over Biff: Willy always watches out for Biff and not enough for Happy

Primary Quotes

1. Willy- "Oh, Biff! Staring wildly: He cried! Cried to me.
He is chocking with his love, and now cries out his promise:
That boy-that boy is going to be magnificent!"Page 133

This quote relates to how Happy lives in the shadow of his brother because Biff is Willy's prizes possession and he pays Biffs all these compliments and says how hes gonna go far, meanwhile Happy has his own Apartment, a good paying job, and a car.

2. Willy- "Just wanna be careful with those girls, Biff, that's all. Don't make any promise. No promises of any kind. Because a girl, y'know, they always believe what you tell 'em, and you're very young, Biff, you're too young to be talking seriously to girls" Page 27

This quote relates to how Happy lives in the shadow of his brother because Willy is more protective over Biff. Happy loves woman to and Willy doesn't care enough to protect him from those girl.

Secondary Quotes

Happy is as consistently ignored; that no doubt accounts for his own ability in return finally to ignore what is happening to his parents
For years Willy has been looking at Biff as an extension of himself, the bearer of his hope for the future. His disordered thinking likely originated at the 1932 Ebbets Field game when he effectively stopped time at the moment Biff in his eyes arrived at the height of his youthful glory and was still exuding great promise. Willy felt himself implicated in Biff's glory; he remembers the crowd calling out the name "Loman, Loman, Loman!"

This secondary quote explains how his family constantly ignores him because his older brother biff comes first. We also get a closer look into how Willy portrays the life he wanted for himself on Biff and that's why Happy is always pushed to the side.
Happy's Need For Approval From His Parents

-Tells his father 3 times he has been loosing weight so he can be like Biff
-Say's he is going to retire his father for life: By retiring his father for life, Happy will finally achieve his fathers goal of being rich and successful
- Tells his mother he is going to get married, his mother pays no attention: By mentioning this to his mother it shows her that he is an adult
-Happy also mentions that he is trying to find a woman with similar characteristics to his mother: He is doing that so his mother Linda approves of him
Primary Quotes
1. Happy- "Pop, I told you I'm gonna retire you for life"
Willy- "You'll retire me for life on seventy goddam dollars a week? And your women and your car and your apartment, and you'll retire me for life! Christ's sake, I couldn't get past Yonkers today! Where are you guys, where are you? The woods are burning! I cant drive a car!" Page 41

This quotes relates to Happy's approval by his parents because Happy is trying to achieve the goal his father wanted which is to be rich and his father Willy is being unappreciative to the idea because Willy mentions the other expensive Happy has to pay before he can take care of his father.
Secondary Quotes

Happy has not become a responsible adult. He admits to his own identity confusion ("I don't know what the hell I'm workin' for.") and his self-serving ethics are typical of one who suffers from deep insecurities. Linda calls him "a philandering bum" and he seems to be one reckless step away from being found out. Interestingly, Linda reveals nothing about her life other than her efforts to save Willy's.

This secondary quote explains how he tries so hard to impress his parents or get his parents approval but his parents Willy and Linda just don't think he doing a good job for there approval. This is because he is not acting like an adult and he doesn't know what he is doing with his life.

Video Clip
This video fits in with Happy Loman because Nick Carraway strives for the "American Dream" just like Happy Loman. Nick gets introduced to all these luxury items and women and he is shocked. This reminds me of Happy because these are things he wants in life.
This video fits with Happy Loman because Jay Gatsby gets called out for sleeping with Daisy by her husband. This reminds me of Happy because he tries to sleep with his bosses wives or soon to be married woman.
Question Time
1. Why do you think Happy Loman is unhappy?

2. Why do you think Willy pays more attention to Biff?

3. Do you think Happy will achieve the life he always wanted and not be lonely?
In conclusion Arthur Miller portrays Happy as a cheerful guy on the outside and a sad lonely guy on the inside who gets pushed to the side because of his older brother Biff, it also doesn't make it any better that his parents don't approve of him. With the help of his confidence Happy faces struggles from his family and continues to strive for the American dream.
Willy Loman
Linda Loman
Biff Loman
Happy Loman
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