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Pride in Death of a Salesman
Transcript of Pride in Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman
Characters Displaying Pride
Passages Revealing Pride
Pride connection to the Setting (analysis)
The connection of Pride in the Symbols
of Death of a Salesman
"Willy: When I bring you fellas up, there'll be open sesame for all of us, 'cause one thing, boys: I have friends. I can park my car in any street in New England, and the cops protect it like their own."
(Act 1. 31)
Pride Gives Rise to Lies
"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, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want."
(Act 1. 33)
False Pride in Sons
False Pride in Economic Status
"Willy: Why did she have to wax the floors herself? Everytime she waxes the floor she keels over. She knows that!"
(Act 1. 41)
"Willy: I won't have you mending stockings in this house! Now throw them out!"
Realization: Pride Obstructs Success and Reality
"Biff: And I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air, I could never stand taking orders from anybody!"
(Act 2. 131)
Lack of Pride
"Happy: I'm losing weight, you notice, Pop?"
(Act 1. 29)
"Biff: Did you have it taken off?
Linda: I'm- I'm ashamed to. How can I mention it to him?"
(Act 1. 59)
Saving the Pride of Others
"An air of the dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality."
(Act 1, p. 11)
WILLY: The Gold Coast!
BEN: Principally diamond mines."
(Act 1, p. 48)
"Ben:...There are several properties I'm looking at in Alaska."
(Act 1, p.45)
"Ben: ... through Ohio, and Indiana, Michigan, Illinois, and all the Western States. ... he made more in a week n a man like you could make in a lifetime."
(Act 1, p.49)
"We see a solid vault of apartment houses around the small fragile home."
(Act 1, p.11)
"Willy:...and I'll come home with a New York job. Goddammit, now I'm gonna do it!"
(Act 2, p.75)
- The Loman house is where Willy Loman lives. Located in Brooklyn, NYC it is where most of the action occurs in
Death of a Salesman.
“You’ve got a new continent at your doorstep, William. Get out of these cities; they’re full of talk and time payments and courts of law. Screw your fists and you can fight for a better fortune up there.” (Act II, 85) and prideful, Willy replies “We’ll do it here, Ben! You hear me? We’re gonna do it here!” (Act II, 87)
First quote linking to an example of Pride
Second quote linking to an example of Pride
- “After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.” (ACT II, 98)
- “LINDA: Willy, dear. Talk to them again. There’s no reason why you can’t work in New York. WILLY: They don’t need me in New York. I’m the New England man. I’m vital in New England. (Act 1, 14)”
Third quote linking to an example of Pride
- “Once in my life I would like to own something outright before it’s broken! I’m always in a race with the junkyard!” (Act II, 73)
Introduction to Pride in the Setting (The Loman House)
Fourth quote linking to an example of Pride
The Loman house (Willy Loman's home) is ironically falling apart.
The Loman House
The Rubber Hose
The Rubber Hose reflects Willy Loman's secret attempts of suicide due to the feelings of underachievement of the American Dream and his unrealistic success.
The seeds represent Willy’s desperation in the attempt to grow vegetables, signifying his failure in providing basic things for his family. The seeds also signify a want to be remembered and a want to leave something behind for his offspring.
How pride can have a negative affect on people in the real world
“The only thing you've got in this world is what you can sell” (Act II)
“Will you let me go, for Christ's sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?” (Act II).
Quotes that link the Loman House to Pride
“He’s the dearest man in the world to me, and I won’t have anyone making him feel blue” (Act I, 55)
"I am-I am ashamed to. How can I mention it to [Willy]? 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 [Willy] that way? I do not know what to do." (Act I, 59-60)
Parents Push their kids to get a good education and to do what they want them to do.
Quotes that link the Rubber Hose to Pride
Quotes that link the Seeds to Pride
Willy deep down wants Biff to be a business man just like him but Biff doesn't want to be one.
“I've got to get some seeds. I've got to get some seeds, right away. Nothing's planted. I don't have a thing in the ground.” (Act II, 122)
“After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.” (Act II, 98)
“Why must he go to Charley and borrow fifty dollars a week and pretend to me that it’s his pay?” (Act I, 57)
People with to much pride in themselves aren't open minded enough to see the other side of things.
Hitler thought that people with blue eyes and blonde hair were superior and everyone else was inferior to him
Miller, Arthur. Death of a salesman. New York: Viking
Press, 1949. Print.
Coaches can take things way to far due to their excessive amount of pride.
Parent bribe their kids coaches to get on the team