The Role Of Life In Tennessee Williams A Streetcar Named Desire

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In Tennessee Williams’ A Streetcar Named Desire, the main character Blanche is on mission to find a stable place in life, but she has too many skeletons in her closet which prevents her from the telling truth. When she arrives at her sister’s apartment she realizes the living conditions are not the way she expected. Her brother in law Stanley, and sister Stella are used to these living conditions, but Blanche is standing in the way of the couple’s progression. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Willy is not the best salesman which reflects the way he views his life. He sons Biff and Happy are both in two different places, and he wants the best for both of them. Biff has been hopping from job to job. Happy has a job and his own place. …show more content…
Willy and Linda had high hopes when they purchased their house; Willy desired a bright future. The house came with a garden and space to work with. Also it was hard to see the sun from the house because the windows were blocked by the apartment buildings. “The way they boxed us in here. Bricks and windows, windows and bricks” (Williams 6)”. This affects Willy's dreams of building a bright future for himself. Willy does not have a clear view from his home which prevents him from seeing his progress. Willy feels isolated from the world because he is boxed in, which sets him back …show more content…
Willy's hopes and dreams often put pressure on Biff. Biff states, “ I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody!”(Miller 105) . Willy always thought his imagination was a place for him to escape, but in reality it made things worse. Biff could never keep a job because he hated how much pressure his father put on him. This was reflected in his working behavior because he couldn’t take orders from anyone.
Biff was never guided in the right direction. He never worked to his standards; it was always on his father standards. Willy could not accept Biff’s failures. All Biff wanted to do was grow from his mistakes. In order to grow and become a better person Biff explains to his father, “ Pop, I’m nothing! I’m nothing, Pop! Can’t you understand that? There’s no space in it anymore. I’m just what I am, that’s all” (Miller 106). He has nothing to show, and that's what he wants his father to understand. Biff lived behind lies to make his father happy. Now he wants to create his own

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