Compare And Contrast A Raisin In The Sun And Death Of A Salesman

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There are five basic and important elements that make up a story. Those five components are the characters, the setting, the plot, the conflict, and the resolution. In almost every story there is one protagonist and antagonist. A protagonist is the main character who has the most importance in the story and the antagonist is a person who actively opposes against the characters. A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, and Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, are two famous plays that have similar protagonists. Willy Loman and Walter Lee are the two protagonists that had their American Dream crushed, had betrayed a loved one, and had to work more than others. Willy Loman is a salesman and is married to Linda. Willy is the father of two …show more content…
Biff tries to impress and please his father, but realizes that Willy’s dream was something that he doesn’t desire and that he’s unable to achieve it. Biff has a hard time keeping a job and is unable to communicate to his father. In addition, Willy is person that doesn’t accept the truth. Even though Willy’s dream isn’t the same as Walter’s, Walter as well didn’t achieve his dream. In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter Lee’s dream is to get involved in the liquor business and to be able to support his family. After his father passed away, his mother receives a check for ten thousand dollars. Walter wants to use the money to make his dreams come true, but his mother wants to use it for his sister’s medical school, and to buy a house. Later, Willy’s decisions make a huge impact and stops him from not only attaining his dream, but everyone else’s as well. Furthermore, Willy and Walter betrays someone that they love in the end. In Death of a Salesman, Willy decides to cheat on his wife. A scene occurs where Willy and a woman are getting dressed in a hotel room and Biff knocks on the door. Willy tells the Woman to enter the bathroom and Biff and Willy talk about Biff not graduating. After this happened, the woman comes out of the bathroom and Willy tries to lie to Biff, but Biff doesn’t fall for it. Biff calls Willy a liar and decides to not tell his mother about his …show more content…
In Death of a Salesman, the setting takes place in the 1940’s during Inflation. People are struggling to pay off bills and to keep jobs. When Willy started out as a salesman, he had a bunch of customers and was able to easily help out his family. After a couple of years, Willy is having a hard time finding customers and has to work longer hours and days in order to provide for his family. Linda says in the play, “He used to be able to make six, seven calls a day in Boston. Now he takes his valises out of the car and puts them back and takes them out again and he’s exhausted” (Miller 40). In A Raisin in the Sun, Walter has to work harder to obtain his American Dream. In order for Walter to be a part of the liquor business, he tries to persuade his family to be on his side. They have numerous conversations about it throughout the play, but every time he tries to prove his point, everyone disagrees with him. Walter becomes frustrated that everyone is singling him out and feels that his opinion doesn’t matter even though he feels like he’s the man of the house. Walter says in Act One, “Nobody in this house is ever going to understand me” (Hansberry

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