Comparison Of Fences And Death Of A Salesman

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Continually literature and society combine to make a statement about events transpired in the news. Authors such as Arthur Miller of Death of a Salesman and August Wilson of Fences use platforms such as plays to display a lack of reality and common sense present in their days. Both plays above inconspicuously use the Maxson brothers in Fences and the Loman brothers in Death of a Salesman to convey a truth in the underlying of society. With the brothers both authors elaborate on each brother in one way or more disobeying a father’s desired occupation, favoritism, and repeating their history.

Undoubtedly Fences and Death of a Salesman showcase a recurring pattern of habits among fathers and sons. Willy, the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s play,
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He fought it out here, and this is where I’m gonna win it for him” (Miller 139). Similarly, Willy has the same dream and readers can infer Happy’s future outcome due to his values and how it turned out for Willy, his predecessor. Willy does die in vain as his death results in his youngest child living unsuccessfully just as he did. In contrast, protagonist Troy Maxson of Fences, has a dream that has not lived up to his expectations yet he refuses to allow any offspring to pursue a similar dream. He continually, like Willy, proclaims talent while admitting downfall and hardships. Troy’s son, Cory, is adamant in his future as a professional football player but Troy’s actions prevent it. Through various occasions Cory pleads for his father to sign his form allowing him to meet with a recruiter. Act one includes a scene where Cory and Troy innocently discuss sports until recruiter discussions arise and Cory is dismissed once he says, “ Coach Zellman. . . Get you to sign the permission papers”(Miller 35). Troy then proceeds to ignore Cory’s statement by asking about his job at the local supermarket. Although Troy …show more content…
Both plays display fathers acting differently around the eldest son than their actions around the youngest. Death of a Salesman’s plot revolves around the family interactions of father and son. Willy Loman continually ignores Happy’s attempts to receive attention from him. Biff Loman, the eldest son, receives all of Willy’s attention “Good work? Biff” ( Miller 29). Whether wanted or not. Act one sets the scene in the which Willy, as always, is encouraging Biff’s success as Happy struggles to draw attention to himself, “I’m losing weight, you notice, Pop”(Miller 33)? However, Willy never does notice as he is more concerned with Biff’s future. The reasoning for such favoritism can be inferred by Biff’s potential for future success and great pride he brings to Willy. Similarly Troy also favors his eldest son, Lyons, due to his lack of involvement during Lyon’s childhood. Friday night is a recurring day at the Maxson household and typically Lyons is present. Whether Lyons is present because it 's “pay day” or because he desires to see his father is unknown. However after much pleading Troy ultimately gives the money to Lyons through Rose his wife, “...Here Lyons.(She hands him the money) (Wilson 19). In contrast to their younger sons, both Willy and Troy do not approach them in the same way. Both share more positive experiences with the eldest sons even when they are

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