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Death of a Salesman
Transcript of Death of a Salesman
Abandoment Willy's Downfall Doesn't have any money
No future for him/ his boys
Constant guilt about the mistress
State of mind is slipping away To give up by leaving or ceasing to operate or inhabit, especially as a result of danger or other impending threat The act of giving something up To withdraw one's support or help from, especially in spite of duty, allegiance, or responsibility; desert To surrender one's claim to, right to, or interest in; give up entirely Exploring the Theme of Abandonment Success, Happiness, Relief, Pride, Confidence, Security Willy's Father Willy's father left when he was 3 years old and never had a father figure in his life. He had no guidance or understanding how to live/ raise kids and walked into life not knowing what path to take "How should I teach them ?" Pg 52, Willy Lowman, Death of a Salesman Ben Jungle Alaska "William, when I walked into the jungle, I was seventeen. When I walked out I was twenty-one. And, by God I was rich"
Willy wants his advise because he's so successful
He wants Biff and Happy to be just like him Ben is leaving Willy again and Willy is begging him not to go
Ben wants Willy to go with him to Alaska but Linda doesn't want him to go What Does This Mean Willy is being abandoned by his brother
Willy looks up to him and needs his help but he keeps leaving By Not Going to Alaska Abandons chance of getting out of working on commission
Loses chance to be with his brother
Loses chance of being happy/ stress free Blocked
Path Path 1: Path with his brother Path 2: Path without a father figure or brother How This Affects Life While
The Boys Where Growing Up Builds him up to believe he's something he's not
Fills him with hot air
Convinces him that everything he does is great (i.e. when he steals Willy calls it taking initiative Doesn't give him much attention
Lets him live in Biff's shadow Constantly making them believe he's a big deal Biff Happy Biff Happy Willy Work State of Mind Dreams Linda Leaves his family
Travels/ stays away from home for a long time While Willy's away he cheats on Linda with a secretary of one of his clients
Willy is abandoning his life back home and his family by doing such a selfish act Loves working with his hands
Goes into business because he thinks that it's the only way to be successful Pg. 44, Willy Lowman, Death of a Salesman Has constant flash backs
Talks to himself
Slipping into parkinsons/ dementia
'Abandoning his state of mind' Leaves her to raise the boys
Cheats on her
Makes her life harder because of his flash backs and she knows he's trying to kill himself Abandonment How this Effects Everything Else Biff Dream Out West Doesn't Support His Family Abandonment Flunks out of math
Doesn't go to summer school
Doesn't follow his dream to play university football Reason He found out that Willy was cheating on Linda Biff left to work out west
Never visited the family
Doesn't respond to letters Reason Willy kicked him out
Can't stand to be around his dad Doesn't visit
Doesn't help financially Reason Doesn't make enough money to be able to support them because he didn't follow his dream/ finish school How This Effects Everything Else Continued Happy Leaves
Support Family Abandonment Meets girls/ dates
Leaves Willy at the restaurant
Doesn't care about what happens to him Reason He was neglected by his father all through his childhood and developed an 'If he doesn't care about me, why should I care about him' attitude Not My Father Gave $50 at Christmas
Doesn't care about his dad Reason Never made anything of himself. Didn't aspire to be anything. Abandons
His Brother Biff can't bare to look at him and asks for Happy's help
Happy doesn't care and ignores Biff's pleas When his date asks if they were going to wait, he says he's not his father
"No, that's not my father. He's just a guy..." Pg 115, Happy Lowman, Death of a Salesman Reason Happy embarrassed by what his dad has become and doesn't care anymore Reason Always lived in Biff's shadow and never got reward for anything he did. Now he could careless about his family What This All Adds Up To 'Seeds' Nothing would grow
Willy wanted become a big success in his salesman business
He wanted to live on through his boys, but they haven't made anything of themselves
He wanted his boy to retire him Blocked Path All the Abandonment Leads to Pg 51, Willy Lowman, Death of a Salesman Blocked Path Where Does It Start Willy: "That is the most remarkable thing."
Linda: "What, dear?"
Willy: "I was thinking of the Chevvy. Nineteen twenty-eight...when I had that red Chevvy-That funny? I coulda sworn I was driving that Chevvy today." Willy and Linda Lowman, Pg 19, Death of a Salesman "I often thought of how strange it was that I knew he'd given up his life" Pg 94, Bernard, Death of a Salesman "You fake! You phony little fake! You Fake!" Biff Lowman, Pg 121, Death of a Salesman "Hap, help him! Jesus...help him...Help me, help me, I can't bear to look at his face!" Biff Lowman, Pg 115, Death of a Salesman Starting at 2:50 Linda Lowman, Pg 59-60, Death of a Salesman "I’m—I’m ashamed to. How can I mention it to him? Every day I go down and take away that little rubber pipe. But when he comes home, I put it back where it was. How can I insult him that way? I don’t know what to do. I live from day to day boys. I tell you, I know every thought in his mind. It sounds so old-fashioned and silly, but I tell you he’s put his whole life into you and you’ve turned your backs on him. [She is bent over the chair, weeping, her head in her hands]. Biff, I swear to God! Biff, his life is in your hands" Willy: "But in Alaska, kid, I could-"
Linda: "You're doing well enough Willy" Willy and Linda Lowman, Pg 85, Death of a Salesman Thesis: The abandonment throughout Willy Lowman's life is what ultimately caused his downfall Point: the abandonment by his father when Willy was a baby and had the lack support from his brother. Point: Willy abandons his family, as well as all pride or dreams he had Point: Biff and Happy abandon Willy when he needs them most Finally:
Willy abandons life in hopes to make things better The Abandonment in Death of a Salesman.
Written by Arthur Miller
Publish in 1949 Willy needs Ben's help, but Ben keeps leaving him Ben Lowman, Pg 52, Death of a Salesman