Analysis Of Mark Twain 's ' The Death Of A Salesman ' Essay

2297 Words Apr 3rd, 2016 10 Pages
America has long been defined by its flowing emerald pastures and dramatic mountain ranges. Nature has been continuously represented as a means to find personal liberty and often in American literature references to such cultural keystones are made. Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain, is arguably the most influential and defining national novel, and it’s protagonist, Huck, identifies his freedom and individuality in the rich American nature in which he feels exempt from societal standards. This young man defies the social constructs of religion, slavery, and consequently the entirety of civilization as he escapes from home and joins forces with a slave named Jim in their joint pursuit of freedom. Another American classic, The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, explores a similar theme of nature. However Willy Loman, a deluded salesman, despite realizing the great potential of life that nature holds, finds himself bound to life at his firm and inextricably tied to the idea that civilization equates with success.
Huck Finn, plagued by his father 's abuse and Miss Watson’s fervent religious preaching, begins to resent societal conventions at an early age. In a time of religious revivalism, he is conditioned to think that the ultimate goal of living is to reach heaven, and to achieve that goal he must fear God, practice his manners, and do what is expected of him. The underlying message instilled in Huck is that religion coincides with civilization and therefore civilization…

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