A stage play ought to be the point of intersection between the visible and the invisible world In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and Tennessee Williams The Glass Menagerie both show us a world that is as tragic as it is beautiful. These two works seem to have abounding similarity within each other’s. They are both concern dysfunctional families, the common theme of tragedy and and the bitter sweet memories of the past. But they both have their fair share of differences. We see these differences in their, theme, characters development, endings and uses of symbolism. However only one of these great works of literature is worthy of title of classic Theme Theme tragedy is often understood as an account of the fall of a great man, a good man, man who didn’t deserve what he got.
Arthur Miller tells us, the audience that his play is a tragedy by titling it Death of a Salesman, but ironically our main character does not appear to be a great man, nour a good man, he is a broken man (like king Lear). Instead, the main character Willy Loman is delusional, superficial, and past his prime as a salesman. He is Lear’s shadow, the shadow of he used to be, chasing only a picture of he wished he could be. he believes himself to be well-known and well-liked among his business peers.He has confidence that his connections will help him achieve the vision he holds in his mind . Unfortunately, Willy’s vision of greatness is a nothing but a lie, a line in the sand. and to have to witness this in Death of a Salesman is his work so tragic. In The Glass Menagerie, Mr. Williams creates a world in which the characters are disillusioned by the present.
Amanda, Tom, and Laura achieve this disillusionment by resorting to separate worlds where they can find sanctuary. Each character develops their own world, far away from reality. Very much like DOSM Amanda frees herself from the harsh realities of life by constantly reminding herself of the past. Character development In both plays it is perceived that the characters have trouble with distinguishing what is a figment of their imagination and what is reality. Amanda and Willy both deny their children’s underachievement and faults and believe that the fate of their children lies within their hands. Thus, they imagine their children as being something they are not, in an attempt to hide their children’s failures. Such illusions allow Amanda and Willy to feel successful in forming Laura and Biff’s lives. Amanda denies Laura as a cripple and corrects anyone who believes her to be so, throughout the play. Willy influenced Biff’s belief that he had been a salesman for Bill Oliver. Biff begins to question this after the meeting that never occurred
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