Death of a Salesperson vs. Our Town
David Twu Kraft Difficulty 11/12? Period 9/28/00 Tradgedy In the roadway of life, the right path might not constantly be where the roadway indications lead. The roadway to self-discovery is discovered by following one’s heart and mind and to any place they may lead them. Within the plays Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, and Our Town by Thornton Wilder, parallel paths and contrary connections can be established in between the characters coinciding in both. In Death of a Salesperson, Willy Loman is the picture of a sixty year old man reflecting upon his past, among lies and hopelessness.
Upon coming about his past, he finally and fatally, discovers himself at the end of his life. Mr. Webb from Our Town plays the figure of an editor of Grover’s Corner Guard and loving father of Emily. Early in the play, he shows understanding over his own self-discovery, which he wishes to tell others. The self-discovered Mr. Webb raised Emily coherently as a lady who in the end recognized the worth of life. Married to George Gibbs, her life was very much comparable to Linda Loman, married to Willy Loman. Linda Loman was a lady dedicated to the requirements of her spouse, but also for that reason blind to the genuine requirements that Willy preferred.
In the end, she still was left wondering why or what had gone wrong. Interlocked by protruding parallel traits of progressive self-awareness, these characters promoted the two plays to a greater level of understanding. The similar viewpoints of life residing in both Willy Loman and Mr. Webb exist in both plays as they advance. Their strong belief in themselves provides the ability to affect others by giving them suggestions. The recommendations which Mr. Webb provided to George was “begin early by revealing who’s employer” (Wilder IIi 58). The self-confidence to tell a strong willed son-in-law shows his aptitude in his belief.
Likewise, Willy was frequently dictating the actions of individuals around him. Usually his disturbances would be contradictory to what others wanted such as “No, you end up initially” (Miller 1. 3). His constant dictations usually trigger contradictory with his dictations! Initially, Willy referred to Biff as “a lazy bum” (Miller 1. 2), however then later called him “such a difficult employee” (Miller 1. 2). This exhibits Willy’s faith in his ideas, however reveals a confusion within those concepts. Mr. Webb likewise inherits the very same weakness that Willy has. Described as “horrible. One moment you inform me to stand up straight the next minute your calling me names. (Wilder Ii 26) by his child, Emily, he shows the fault that afflicts both him and Willy. The method they try to express themselves, though contrary often, shows that they are on the road to self-discovery. On this roadway, they both discover qualities of themselves that they wish to pursue. Willy Loman was exceptionally capable with his hands. He wished to “purchase some seeds” (Miller 2. 1) due to the fact that things were “heading for a change” (Miller 2. 1) and to plant them in the yard. Quickly, he wished to “get a little place out in the country” (Miller 2. 1) where he could use his tools to their biggest capacity.
Regretfully, the smog of the city blackened this vision and soon he forgot it and was again lost in his problems. Mr. Webb also had individual goals that he attempted. But like the difficulties of the city, Mrs. Webb rejected Mr. Webb these chances. Believing that her other half should “be talking about things worth while” (Wilder IIi 59), she prohibited such dreams. Willy and Mr. Webb have the very same optimistic images, but suffered the exact same problems on their road to self-discovery. Though both Willy and Mr. Webb were on the very same idealistic road to self-discovery, their instructions did vary rather. Mr.
Webb, despite being similar to the impressions of his counterpart, he had less challenges to get rid of in accomplishing that objective. Therefore, he had a more broad perception of what he set out to accomplish. Without the chaotic environment that surrounds Willy, Mr. Webb might make decisions based more on his choice. When offered recommendations from his father, he “took the opposite of my father’s guidance and I’ve enjoyed ever since.” (Wilder IIi 58). Willy on the other hand took his inconsistent concepts and tried to apply them when advice came along. His main concept was to enable Biff to “be thunderstruck? due to the fact that he never ever understood?
I am understood” (Miller 2. 8). So in attempting to achieve this, he worked unsuccessfully at a task which he no capacity. In this difficult battle, he does almost the precise opposite. As his aggravation mounts, he does not discover appreciate the support from his partner, however continuously tells her to “do not disrupt” (Miller 1. 6) and to “let me talk” (Miller 1. 6). This triggers anger in Biff and he loses much regard, contrary to what Willy desires. Divergently, Mr. Webb gives much regard to individuals around him. He strongly encourages George to do likewise when he discusses that “a man looks pretty small at a wedding” (Wilder IIi 57).
In his description, he represents man’s powerlessness in ladies’s activities. By sending himself to other forces, he represents of guy of serious ideas, but likewise of simple observations on his path to self-discovery. Though wanting the exact same goal, both Mr. Webb and Willy Loman vary in respect to each other. In both stories, the caring spouse and battle for self-realization, is played by Emily of Our Town, and Linda Loman of Death of a Salesman. Their fight towards self-accomplishment is paralleled in their roles represented by their authors, respectively.
As the play progresses, one can feel that Linda Loman has a blind love for her other half. She continually sends to his impolite and frequently headstrong images supporting the thesis of a modest woman of integrity. This blind love that envelopes Linda has the same effect on Emily in Our Town. Accepting marriage to George Webb at such an early age forced her to blindly rely on George to support her. “All I want is somebody to love me” (Wilder IIi 76) cries Emily, desperate and confused. But quickly she forgot her fears and welcomed her new life readily.
With the successful venture that she had actually already experienced, she does not desire change from her stable life. She considers the question “why can’t I remain for some time just as I am” (Wilder IIi 75), but boldly accepts her brand-new life with George. Also, when she dies in Act III, she constantly pleads to return to her presence when she was alive. She wanted to “go back there and live all those days over once again” (Wilder IIIi 91) due to the fact that she didn’t wish to alter her environment. Linda Loman likewise fears a change in her environment. She did not want a modification in environment due to the fact that “how can I insult him that method” (Miller 1. ). In the best interest of her family, she does not want modification, however unfortunately this slowly drives her other half to death. She does not realize that a change, like a move to the nation, would assist their circumstance. Although not comprehending that situation, Linda had a clear understanding to what their status was in their present scenario. Continuously nagging Willy with numbers for insurance, automobile repair work, and other costs, drives him to the grave. Emily too comprehended her situation clearly when she lived. Their “perfectly gorgeous farm” out in the nation was a safe house for Emily and she acknowledged it.
Together, they both had an understanding of the circumstance that surrounded them. The environment that surrounded them nestled their dreams for self-discovery. However the situations in their contrasting environment were various. For that reason their path to discovery was likewise. As both Emily Webb and Linda Loman progressed through their course to self-discovery, they experienced various challenges which let their resolution differ from each other. Linda, although talented with numbers and logic, was continuously obstructed by Willy’s abrupt and impolite disruptions. “Don’t interrupt” and “will you let me talk” (Miller 2.) Willy asked as he argued with himself. This habits did not let Linda’s self-discovery to totally establish. Contrasting to Linda, Emily was raised by a loving father who had a broad concept of self-realization and promoted it within his daughter. He comforted Emily in her hour of requirement informing her “you understand it’ll be all ideal” (Wilder IIi 76). This loving care revealed by her dad, Mr. Webb, assisted nurse her pathway to self-discovery. So subsequently, in the end Emily understands her self-discovery that individuals live their lives without acknowledging the true essence in it.
She describes individuals in the world as “stopped talking in little boxes” (Wilder IIIi 89) and is saddened by “how in the dark live individuals are” (Wilder IIIi 90). She pleads with the Stage Manager to allow her to return because now she had discovered what the significance of life is. Linda however, is left considering why her other half did not receive a “death of a salesperson” funeral. This symbolizes her inability to grasp the concepts of self-discovery. “Where are all individuals” (Miller 2. 9) she asks oblivious to the fact that she concealed from. She after a lot of years still has not the ability to view what the meaning of life is.
Both Linda and Emily had numerous comparable points through their pathway to discovery, however in the end, one was left wondering, and one was left wanting. So in conclusion, the road to self-discovery was an accomplishment that not all could reach. The open-mindness and capability to attempt new things opened the door for Emily and Mr. Webb to the perception of the meaning of life. They learned their self-discovery lessons because there was no one to restrain them. In a word, they were luckier than that of Willy and Linda due to the fact that their roadway to discovery was easier and much shorter.
However Willy and Linda were not unfortunate. There were many open opportunities that they might have seen their wrongs and what was right. Yet they were unable to because their character, one of stubbornness and blindness, did not permit them to see these open windows. The window which chance lies is always open, our minds need to be trained in order to perceive it and gain deliverance from this existence. Work Pointed Out Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. www. public. iastate. edu/ ~ spires/Concord/death. html. Wilder, Thorton. Our Town. New York City, New York: Seasonal Library, 1975.