The Theme Of Betrayal In Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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FOUR
My father was never the kindest man, he seemed to always have a permanent scowl on his face. He was the kind of father that would bring me lollipops after work every day and even though we didn’t have that much, he would always try his best. Our life was a clichéd, modern suburban family in America. We lived in a middle-class suburban house with a second hand Fiat with paint peeling off. Our house was never a picture perfect house, but I always knew that my dad was trying his best. All my life, I never questioned his love for his family. That is, until he wasn’t there when I needed him most.
Losing one parent was painful, but both leaving was excruciating. When my mother died, my world felt like it was crumbling down. As a 16-year-old,
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Willy betrays Biff’s trust in him when he slept with another woman and he also betrays the love of his wife, Linda. Willy’s betrayal could possibly stem from his father abandoning him as a child, which is a form of betrayal in its own form. “WILLY (longingly): … Dad left when I was such a baby and I never had a chance to talk to him and I still feel—kind of temporary about myself (pg. 40. Act I).” This communicates the audience that Willy never really got over his father’s betrayal and how that has affected him in his life now, causing him to feel …show more content…
The protagonist, who is unnamed, felt abandoned by her father at a crucial time in her life, which has caused her to lash out in the future, similar to what Willy did. There were many elements of betrayal in the text, for example, her father’s infidelity, him leaving her to be with another family as well as him being content and happy with the other family. All these instances of betrayal eventually lead to the murder of her family.
The American Dream as a very important part of ‘Death of a Salesman’ however only played a minor role in the text ‘FOUR.’ In ‘Death of a Salesman’, it was Willy’s ideals of what an American Dream is that landed him in the place that he is. Willy had a very set and superficial idea on what the American Dream is which caused his emotional breakdown and his sense of failure in life. In ‘FOUR’, the American Dream was subtlety hinted at but was not directly referred to. The father, in this case, left his first family to seek out his American dream which he achieved before his death.
In the beginning of the text, there was a bit of foreshadowing: “…my best friend there ended up killing her whole family when she saw her dad on the street…” This indicates to the reader that the protagonist may see her father again and that could perhaps lead to disastrous

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