Religious Allusions In Willy Loman's Happy

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Many times, authors will make religious allusions. It many cases, religious allusions can add a layer of additional meaning to the story. Although many are obvious, it is the the hidden ones that make the largest impact. Using a psychoanalytic and deconstructionist approach, it becomes apparent that the father and the two sons represent numerous deadly sins. Although one may write this paper using just one of the two approaches as state above, it is only together that it can reach full fruition. Psychoanalytical approach will allow focus on the mental states of each of the characters. As one may imagine, this is of utmost importance when discussing a person’s sins. On the other hand, deconstructionist approach allows for “that any …show more content…
Firstly, Happy is a very prideful man. Although not as prideful as some of his family members, it’s still prevalent. He was not as prideful as a young man, but as he grew, he became more so. This is likely due to the competition he felt he had with Biff to gain their father’s acceptance. This can be seen as condensation where his unconscious need to compete has affected his personality. In addition, Happy is envious of Biff and of others. Even though Happy is the successful brother, he is still envious of Biff. He even sabotaged his brother’s relationship with their dad when he forced out a fake lie. He knew his brother would be forced to tell the truth. If Happy didn’t mention the job, the father would not have been disappointed. This is in direct relationship to his pride. In some ways, his envy is what drives his fourth sin: gluttony. He feels as if he needs to constantly be earning money and showing off that he is wealthy. Finally, his last sin is lust: “Did you have to go to women tonight? You and your lousy rotten whores!” (Miller 1509). Although it is mentioned that in high school Biff went around with the ladies, it is currently Happy that does. He mentions on numerous occasions to his parents that he will get married, yet he still flirted with a questionable woman at the bar. It would seem as if he is trying to be the high school Biff. Although none of these are …show more content…
Willy is a very prideful man. He refuses to take a job with Charley, but will still take his money: “What’s the matter with you I’ve got a job [Willy]. Then what’re you walkin’ in here every week for [Charley]” (Miller 1494).. At a young age, Willy was left to his own devices when his brother went off to Africa. One of the few lessons he learned was to be prideful of one’s work. Additionally, he’s too prideful to have his own wife hemming her stockings. Additionally, he is very envious of Charley. Not only is Charley successful, but his son obviously loves him and he, too, is successful. Furthermore, he is envious that his brother Ben was able to make it big, yet he is barely scraping middle class. Next, he is lustful. Not only is he lustful for more money, but he is lustful in the sense of sexually. He has an affair with “The Woman” whom he buys stocking for instead of his wife. Although he says he’s only doing it to get ahead in the business world, it like like a projection of his unhappy marital state. Additionally, it is this affair that is a cause of Biff’s ruining. Willy, lastly, is wrathful. This is depicted very well in the movie production. Although there is no proof of physical wrath, Willy is very angry and expresses it when he

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