Lee J. Cobb

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  • Comparison Of Fences And Death Of A Salesman

    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, believes the career of a salesman is the most superior, yet his success in his field does not correlate to the amount of hours he puts in. He proudly proclaims his success while claiming his lack of ability to sell to clients is due to his appearance. Willy’s youngest son, Happy, pursues a career in sales to be like his father, much to his father’s dismay. Despite Willy’s efforts to make both sons rise to the occasion of best salesman, both are not successful. Happy spirals downward into a path much like Willy with hope of success but a reality of future failure. In the final scene of Miller’s play known as the requiem, Happy makes a vow on his father’s grave, “It’s the only dream you can have-- to come out number-one man. He fought it…

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  • Foils In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    The individuals we surround ourselves with in our life often have an influential sway on our behaviour and motivations. Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is no exception to the impact others have on our lives, however the people in Willy’s life do not influence him positively, but rather act as people for him to blame despite his faults being only his own. The people in his life, the secondary characters to his tragedy, all work to provide better depth and perception of Willy…

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  • The Role Of Charley In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    “People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error” (Florence King). The Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller is a play; set in the late 1940’s, surrounding the tormenting life of the salesman, Willy Loman, who faces disappointment, abandonment and the anticipation of the American Dream. His only real friend is Charley, who owns a…

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  • Compare And Contrast Biff And Willy Loman

    My idea of success is when you accomplish something that you’ve tried to complete for a long time. In the text, the author expresses how two different characters have two different ideas on what success is. The two characters are Biff and his father Willy. Towards the end of the text they began to bump heads due to this situation. In the text Willy feels that if you have money that means you’re successful because in his eyes the ultimate goal is to have money. He feels that his brother is a huge…

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  • Willy Lohman's Dilemma

    Willy Lohman’s Dilemma Nobody lives an easy going life, everyone has to cope with different challenges as they age. The theory of Maslow’s law has eight different steps ranging from physiological needs to self-transcendence. These different levels can be applied and related to one’s own life. In the play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses Willy Lohman to demonstrate how he did not reach self-actualization because he prevents himself from advancing psychologically by using defense mechanisms…

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  • Death Of A Salesman Play Character Analysis

    During the play, an important discussion between Biff, Linda, and Happy occurs regarding the paternal alpha figure in the play, Willy. Prior to this discussion Willy displays himself as a hardworking, forgetful, and prided man. These traits begin to contradict each other which lead to this discussion about how Biff feels towards his father. There are many underlying factors that lead to why Willy has created this gossip between his kin, the concealment of the truth, and the solitude of Biff’s…

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  • Why Is Willy So Popular In Death Of A Salesman

    “Death of a Salesman” is a tragic play written by Arthur Miller back in 1949. One of the main characters in the book is a man by the name of Willy Loman. The storyline follows him on the steady decline of his life and how it affects him and his family. This man strives to achieve the “American Dream” by trying to become a well-liked salesman, but ends up dying from the stress of focusing on one thing. There are certain things that can cause someone to act drastically. Popularity is very…

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  • Arthur Miller's Circles Of Responsibility Analysis

    Impact of Society in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman examines outside influences on the individual. These influences include society as a whole, the family as a societal unit and beliefs which the individual thinks he should espouse. In order to understand Willy Loman and the struggles with which he is dealing, the society in which he exists must first be understood. He is relying upon a slightly different set of values and motivations than…

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  • The Present Day In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    Death of A Salesman, written by Arthur Miller in 1949, follows an aged salesman, Willy Loman, as he struggles to accept the reality of his failing career and misguided life principles. In this essay, I will examine the structure of the play and how Miller has used time and space to reveal character, present Willy’s faulty ideals, and foreshadow. The play is broken into two acts and a requiem: each segment takes place on a different day in the present day, within the world of the play. For the…

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  • Is Success Tangible In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

    Is Success Tangible? Arthur Miller’s 1949 play Death of a Salesman is a very powerful play that discusses not only the slow demise of Willy Loman, the aging salesman with two unsuccessful sons, but also highlights the different views that people can have regarding success. Willy Loman, the father of Biff Loman and brother of Ben, is a salesman who has dedicated his life to building up his reputation. His son Biff has spent much of his life trying to find a job he truly loves to do, but has…

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