Parental Dreams and Danger in Modern Theater Analytical Essay by Nicky
Parental Dreams and Danger in Modern Theater
Looks at the themes of parental dreams that create danger in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie".
# 147607 | 1,245 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2011 |
Published on May 17, 2011 in Drama and Theater (American) , English (Analysis) , Child, Youth Issues (Family Issues)
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This paper explains that the plays Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" and Tennessee Williams' "The Glass Menagerie" both demonstrate that parents can damage their families when they most desire not to hurt them. Next, the author discusses how both the protagonist parents, Miller's Willy and Williams' Amanda, drown themselves in lies and dreams in their desires to strengthen their families. The paper concludes that these plays show that parents do not always recognize what is best nor do they always know the way to make their lives better but rather indirectly destroy their families. The paper includes quotations.
From the Paper:"Willy and Amanda do not intentionally set out to be detriments to their families. They have the best intentions but that is simply not enough. In Death of a Salesman, Willy has good intentions, but he chooses to believe the lie that things will get better for him tomorrow. He tells his wife, "The trouble was that three of the stores were half-closed for inventory in Boston. Otherwise, I woulda broke records." He admits, "people don't seem to take to me" and they laugh at him. He also states that the people he works with "just pass me by. I'm not noticed". He knows the truth but he simply cannot bring himself to believe it."
Sample of Sources Used:
- Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. An Introduction to Literature. Sylvan Barnet, ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1985. pp. 1030-1114.
- Williams, Tennessee. The Glass Menagerie. An Introduction to Literature. 8th ed. Barnett, Sylvan, ed. Boston: Little, Brown and Company. 1985. pp. 967-1025.
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