Sunday, January 5, 2020

Hurtful Love and Foolish Hope in Death of a Salesman Essay

nbsp;Hurtful Love and Foolish Hope in Death of a Salesmannbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp;nbsp; A father is an important role model in a young mans life; perhaps the most important. A father must guide his children, support them, teach them, and most importantly, love them. In the play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, an aging salesman of 63, Willy Loman worked all his life for his children. Happy and especially Biff, his two sons, where his pride and joy and his reason for living. Willy tried as hard as he possibly could to provide for them, to support them, to mold them into men; but he failed. Willys greatest fault, perhaps, was his inability to see his sons for what they really were. Biff and Happy were never destined to†¦show more content†¦If only Willy would have recognized his son Biffs mediocrity instead of believing he was a great kid, Biff may have become a good man. No matter what Biff did, Willy would never believe it was because he was incapable of success. Unlike his older brother Biff, Happy did not receive the affection or attention he craved from his father. Willys preoccupation with his more attractive, better-liked son Biff, left Happy trailing in his siblings footsteps. Happy always tried to get his parents attention, hoping one day he could please them. Im losing weight, you notice, Pop? (29). Im gonna get married, Mom. I wanted to tell you. (68) Yet Willy never noticed his younger sons accomplishments. The lack of recognition from his father only made Happy try harder, but he could only do so much. Happy, not unlike his older brother Biff, was not a great man. In hopes to please his father, Happy also went into the selling business, but met little success. He was one of the two assistants to the assistant buyer and was miserable. Biff questioned Happy, Are you content, Hap? Youre a success, aret you? Are you content? (23), and Happy responds, Hell, no! Yet Happy stuck with his job, longing to one day please his father. Even aft er Willys death Happy did not give up on his quest. Im gonna show everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. Im staying right in this city, and Im gonna beat this racket! (138). Happy, still trying

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