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Arthur Millers Death Of A Salesman

On one spring day four black widow spiders (two begin male and 2 begin female) went up a tree in couples of the opposite sex. One couple was foreign to America, the other was not. They were all at their sexual prime and to do a mating ritual called sex. When the foreigners were done the male became very tired and all he wanted to do was sleep, but the much larger female spider flighty and talkative. She wanted to talk of their recent sexual experience, but the male was far too tired and told her to shut-up. Like all women she became emotionally scared nd in retaliation she killed her much smaller spouse.

Not exactly the June Cleaver type of spider is she? On the other side of the tree lie the American Widows. The female does not feel that sexually active, but she spreads her eight legs and submits herself in honour of her idea of a greater male cause. The fact of the matter is that the American woman never had the chance to fulfill their mission (which is inborn in all of man) to prosper in life, but they cannot do this seeing that they are confined in the kitchen, busy doing the dishes and saying . . . yes dear. Would you like another beer?

The role of the American woman (which was to look after the man of the house and the house itself) is vividly exemplified through Linda Loman in Arthur Millers Death Of A Salesman. Of course Arthur knows all about the role of women in American society, how do you think his dishes got done when he was writing this play. Before we start to delve in the juicy core of this essay, lets get one thing straight. An aggressive and eager woman makes a powerful difference in the evolution of society. Take Lady Macbeth from William Shaksperes Macbeth. She did wonders for both Scotland and Macbeth.

Its really ashame that hes own people decapitated him at the end of the play. Look at Eve from the Bible in the book of Genius. Good old Adam couldnt screwed it up for the rest of mankind without Eves guiding hand. And look at the Mrs. Ramsay from Robertson Davies Fifth Business. Without her, poor Dunny probably wouldnt have joined the army and he would still had his leg that he lost in the war. On a more serious note, women have been deprived to excell in such things as politics for example. I believe the world would be a better place if the women ere running it.

Oh ya, there would be no war, the estragon of a woman would take care of that, well, except when there PMS-ing or the older ones are having hot flashes. But there is a way around that problem. If the women organized it so there would be at least five to six female Presidents and the one thats in power thats PMS-ing would resign and go have visits intern – Monty Lewinsky while another President takes over. Furthermore there would be no world famine, except when the women are pregnant and there emotional session with Richard Simmons is over and he is out of there sight.

It is indeed a fact that if the American Woman were to be treated equal to men (as they should be) I definitely believe that the world or America at least would have been a better place to live in, for the women would be the missing gap in most American situations that spaned outside the kitchen. Although they are not perfect like Lady Macbeth, Eve, and Mrs. Ramsay either are us men. Linda Loman from Death Of A Salesman is one of those women that would have been an excellent as asset to her family and others around her.

She was disheartened housewife which ulfilled all the tasks of the usual American housewife – that which is central to accomplish the American Dream(which was a family with a financially success for a father figure, a caring wife that is responsible for cooking, cleaning, support, sex whenever the man demands it, children minimum of two which are of the opposite sex, a nice house, a nice car and of course that white picket fence. ) To follow Lindas example as she lives her life is to be considered to most Americans a prime example to go by. She is loving, caring, understanding and will do or say anything for her hubby – Willy Loman.

If ever Linda gets out of line, Willy puts her back in line with a big old, shut-up, and she would try her best to do what he asks. When I realize how loyal and caring she is for her man, and how her man devalued her, just the slight thought of it gives me the willies. I get utterly disgusted when I think about it. Lindas intelligence and insight goes far beyond that of Willys, but she never showed him that side of her, for if the American dream were to be true for the Lomans the man must be smarter than the female. Being influenced by the American Dream (by playing stupid infront of Willy) she was always on he outside looking in.

When she was around her sons her insight on things shrines like the early morning rays from the sun, but when she is around Willy her vocabulary diminishes to, Yes Dear. or what, Dear? Knowing the problem of Willys insanity and suicidal attempts is bad enough, but under the American influence she is mentally hindered from doing anything about it. Thats quite heartbreaking. Behind every great man is a great woman – usually there in the back seat, but thats besides the point. Unfortunately at one point in America the wisdom of women never went past that white picket fence.

My interpretation of woman may be fogged with ignorance called testosterone, I personally dont understand them too much, I find them to be too emotional, but I do know woman never have been treated with enough respect, an they get used as pawns for males to further there career. The male goes to his woman for advice, while shes doing dishes or laundry or some type of housework of course, and the next day the man follows her advice and becomes successful. The man gets all the credit and all the while the woman had been waiting to immolate herself for her idea of a greater male cause.

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Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a play best summed up in its title, it is just that, the death of a salesman. This death is not necessarily the physical end to a human life, but the crumbling end to the dreams of Willie Loman, the play’s main character.

The three main parts to Willie’s world are his job, his family, and his image as seen by the rest of the world. Although these parts are interwoven and interrelated, they are best divided and given separate analysis.

The first part of Willie’s world is his job. Willie is a salesman for a large company in New York. Willie’s self-image and much of his self-worth are based in his job. In his own mind he is still as he used to be, well known and well respected among the clientele in the New England area. Things have changed though and the people Willie once knew in the business are no longer there and he no longer has the connections he once had. His inability to cope with and adapt to this changing business has caused, among other things, a loss in pay. Willie has lost his competitive edge, and with it his feeling of self worth and identity.

The second part of Willie’s world is his family, more specifically his son, Biff. Biff is the firstborn and favorite son of Willie. Willie has high expectations of, and transfers his dreams, as so many fathers do, onto Biff. Biff can not live up to the expectations of his father and has dreams of his own which cause Willie to see him as a loafer, a shiftless bum with no desire to succeed. Although Willie’s dreams are not realized in Biff, his son’s respect is still important. This respect is lost when Biff catches his father in an affair with a young lady. Even though this is not talked about (Biff never told anyone, not even his mother) it still creates tension and causes Biff to lose the respect he once held for Willie.

Willie’s main philosophy in life is “Be liked and you will never want” and this is the cause of the problems in the third part of Willie’s life, his image. Image is everything to Willie. In his past he was a well liked, well known, respected man who turned his image into his success, but his image has changed. He is no longer well known and so he makes less sales and less money. His loss in pay has caused him to borrow money just to support his family. The constant borrowing of money is a source of great tension for Willie, he is no longer self-sufficient and feels he is nothing.

The compounding of Willie’s problems, the loss of his self-respect, and the loss of respect from others cause Willie to go mad. He sinks into a manic/depressive state and loses touch with reality. He has no dream and no will to live causing him to entertain thoughts of suicide. In the end it is the love for his son and the belief that his insurance money will make Biff “magnificent” that give him the needed excuse and cause him to end his life.

A man’s life is his world and this world is expressed through his dreams and desires. Death of a Salesman is the loss and destruction of one man’s dreams. The effects of this loss and destruction are utter madness that eventually lead to suicide. This dramatic work has a moral that should not soon be forgotten: When a man loses his dreams he loses everything and a life without dreams is a dull and empty void.

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