Macbeth And Death Of A Salesman Analysis

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Every tragic hero desires to obtain success; their constant struggle to achieve this goal is what eventually leads the hero to their destruction. In Shakespeare’s Macbeth, and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, the false ideals of success, which are deeply rooted in ambition, blind Macbeth and Willy from the reality of things, thus leading them towards destruction. In the beginning, Macbeth and Willy initiate the route to their destruction by making decisions which seem like they should help make their ideals of success come true. Gradually, the characters become isolated by losing their relationships with loved ones because they decide to confine their purposes in life, to only achieving success. Finally, the two characters cause their own …show more content…
In the beginning, Macbeth wanted success for himself and his love, Lady Macbeth. However, the disconnection between the couple occurs when Macbeth decides to maintain his position as king. Macbeth’s decision to kill Banquo shows how isolation starts to set into his life. After Macbeth becomes king, he becomes paranoid from guilt and explains his reasoning behind killing his friend Banquo in this quote, “To be thus is nothing,/ But to be safely thus. . . .”(1.3.50-51) Macbeth’s paranoia during his reign and his disconnection from Lady Macbeth, shows how ambition can leave one feeling miserable and in constant fear of failure. Meanwhile, Willy’s relationship with his son Biff deteriorates when he takes his ideals of success a bit too far, as seen in this quote “BIFF: Dad, you’re never going to see what I am, so what 's the use of arguing? If I strike oil I’ll send you a cheque. Meantime forget I’m alive”(Act 2, pg 102). Willy’s is in complete isolation when Biff breaks down and Willy misinterprets Biff’s tears for an apology for being spiteful. Willy’s disconnection with Biff shows how the false ideas of success have completely consumed Willy’s mind. While, Macbeth’s paranoia of being removed from his position as king creates detachment from Lady Macbeth, and Willy’s paranoia of being disliked by those around him creates disengagement with Biff, both have a central fear of failure. Macbeth and Willy withdraw from their relationships, as a result, leads to the deterioration of both characters and their

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