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Death Of A Salesman- Gender Roles
Transcript of Death Of A Salesman- Gender Roles
By: JJ, Marikarr, DeMara & Velanie
Linda was the ideal wife.
She looked after Willy's emotional needs first before hers.
The Roles of Women
"He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must be finally paid to such a person" (Miller, 40).
Linda strives to always keep Willy happy and satisfied.
"What'd you have to start that for? You see how sweet [Willy] was as soon as you talked hopefully? Come up and say goodnight to him. Don't let him go to bed that way" (Miller, 38).
"A Good Wife Always Knows Her Place!"
The "Bad" Wife
The Women represents Willy's guilt.
She is not afraid to talk down to Willy.
"Gee, you are self-centered! Why so sad? you are the saddest, self centeredest soul I ever did see-saw" (Miller, 91).
The Women considers her feelings first before Willy's.
"You know you ruined me, Willy? From now on, whenever you come to the office, I'll see that you go right through to the buyers. No waiting at my desk any more, Willy. you ruined me" (Miller, 91).
The American Dream:
The Role of Men
means owning a house, land, car, dog, kids and having a well kept house
He believes the root of the American dream is to be well liked.
"Oh, I'll knock 'em dead next week. I'll go to Hartford. I'm very well liked in Hartford. You know, the trouble is, Linda, people don't seem to take to me" (Miller, 23).
"And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ’Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?" (Miller, 61).
• Willy’s delusions and self-deceptions drive him away from acknowledging the love offered to him from his family.
"People ask where I am and what I'm doing, you don't know, and you don't care. That way it'll be off your mind and you can start brightening up again" (Miller, 102).
• Acknowledges his failure and manages to confront them
"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. I'm not married, I'm not in business, I just- I'm like a boy" (Miller, 11).
• Biff looks at the enjoyment of the American Dream such as traveling and enjoying life as opposed to Willy who is materialistic and wants money and a stable household
"And whenever Spring comes to where I am, I suddenly get the feeling, my God, I'm not gettin' anywhere! What the hell am I doing, playing around with horses, twenty-eight dollars a week! I'm thirty-four years old, I oughta be makin' my future.
Lives a happy and successful life because he does not live to please everyone around him.
Bernard ends up being a lawyer even though he was not well liked and considered a nerd by everyone around him.
"Bernard can get the best marks in school, y'understand, but when he gets out in the business world, y'understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him. That's why I thank Almighty God you're both built like Adonises. Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead" (Miller, 21).
"Let me help you take off your shoes; untie your shoestrings, take off your cufflinks; what you want to eat boo, let me feed you."
These lyrics define what a "good wife" should be like in the 1900's.
"Boy is there something you need me to do; if you want it, I got it."
A good wife knows that her responsibility to her husband is to please him.
Linda, would strive to please and satisfy Willy.
The role of women in the 1900's was to serve and care for their men.
"And I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody! That's who's fault it is!" (Miller, 105).
"I'm overjoyed to see how you made the grade, Bernard, overjoyed. It's an encouraging thing to see a young man really" (Miller, 70).
“I want the money; money and the cars; cars and the clothes.”
Willy strived to provide his family with materialistic objects.
"I just wanna be successful."
Many people believe having materialistic objects can make a person happy.
"I want it all, that's why I strive for it,
Diss me and you'll never hear a reply for it."
Willy's main goal was to be well liked and to follow his ambition of being successful.
Modern Day Gender Roles
• A majority of Canadian youth (96%) believe girls should have the same opportunities and rights as boys to make their own choices in life.
• Canadian youth (95%) believe parents must take equal responsibility for their children. However, the figures in Rwanda (22 per cent) and India (nine per cent) are much lower.
• Canadian youth (45%) say it wouldn’t matter if they had more sons or more daughters and 17 per cent said they would like to have the same number of boys and girls. In India and Rwanda, boys and girls would prefer to have more sons than daughters.
• Six-in-ten Canadian youth (60%) think gender should not determine whether someone does or does not receive employment at school, in government or in top companies. However, 31 per cent of youth in India and 69% of youth in Rwanda believe when women work they are taking jobs away from men.
• One third of Canadian boys (31%) believe that a woman’s most important role is to take care of her home and cook for the family. However, the results are higher in India (73%) and Rwanda (68%)
• Canadian youth (48%) think men should be responsible for earning income and providing for the family.
• Canadian youth (45%) agree that “to be a man you need to be tough”.
• Although 78% of Canadian youth disagree with the statement “boys should not cry”, 77% of Canadian youth believe boys are likely to be made fun of if they cry.
• 17% of Canadian youth still believe that a man should have the final word about decisions in his home.
1) What are the three qualities girls look for in a male?
a)Funny, skinny and smart
b)Tall, dark and handsome
c)Short, stumpy and kind
d)Muscular, tanned and mysterious
b) Tall, dark and handsome
2) Which of the following is not a makeup brand?
3)Which quality makes Linda Loman a good wife?
a)She makes money for her family
b)She puts Willy’s feelings before hers
c)She tells Willy like it is
d)She teaches Willy life lessons
b) She puts Willy's feelings before hers
4)Why is the Woman not considered a good wife?
a)She doesn’t know how to cook
b)She told Willy she wants to be the breadwinner
c)She talks down to Willy
d)She always gets emotional
c) She talks down to Willy
5)In the 1920s, the “rebellious” women dressed as:
6)Which of the following is not a known brand to females?
d) Heritage Co.
7)Which of the following is not a nail polish brand?
a) CA Colours
c) China Glaze
a) CA Colours
8)Cheerleading is a sport:
9)Every girl wanted to be a:
Now The Girls
1) A good wife knows their (blank)?
2)Which of the following is not a basketball player?
c) James Gasol
3)Which of the following is not a Pokémon?
4)Willy Loman lived life striving for the (blank)?
a) most money
b) American Dream
c) Perfect family
d) best dog
b) American Dream
5)According to Willy, to be successful you must:
b)Drive a flashy car
6)Which of the following is not a wrestler?
a)Stone Cold Steve Austin
7)Which of the following is not an Asian car company?
8)Which of the following is not a video game?
d)Call of Duty 2
9)Why did Bernard end up successful?
a)He was well liked
b)He was considered popular
c)It was inherited
d)He was a nerd
d)He was a nerd