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  1. Metamorphosis Context Essay

    Many of the themes in The Metamorphosis can be linked to aspects of Kafka's life. Most notably his releationship with his father. Gregor and Mr Samsa take part in a constant power struggle throughout the play and this is not unlike the relationship that Kafka had with his own father. Interestingly, Kafka's father was actualy a travelling salesman, which is the proffesion of the character Gregor. Although I found no evidence to back this up, I believe that Kafka's father may have suggested his son go into the same line of work as him and although he didn't I believe that Kafka wrote Gregor as the man he could have become, which is why he is a traveling salesman.

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  2. Free essay

    performance measurement

    In order to ensure that this relevance is maintained, organizations need a process in place to ensure that measures and measurement systems are reviewed and modified as the organization's circumstances change. Measurement is difficult in organizations because it is not an exact science with hard rules and predictable interrelationships between variables (Brown, 2000). One of the critical reasons for this is the impact of so many variables on organization's performance and hence difficulty in understanding interactions exists between those different variables.

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  3. Examine the presentation of Linda in this part of the play.Extract -Page 38, Linda: No. You can't just come to see me Page 41, Linda: Shallowness of the water that saved him.

    This indicates a very focused, mentally strong and capable woman, acting with total altruism. It is obvious from Linda's unexpected outburst and attitude that she is desperately worried for Willy because of his state of mind. The way she is seemingly pleading with her sons is a cry for help on Willy's behalf. As an adoring wife, Linda totally understands Willy and understands that he needs help and support to overcome his unstable position. Linda feels that Biff and Happy are being ungrateful towards their father's hardship after all he provided for them and the encouragement he gave them.

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  4. Willy Loman as a Father

    These expectations, though, are contrary to Biff's desires and dreams, since he aspires to work in the outdoors. For Biff, the job of becoming a salesman entails one "to suffer fifty weeks of the years for the sake of a two-week vacation, when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off" (11). Thus the difference in desire between father and son leads to conflict, especially because Willy is stubborn and unwilling to yield to his son's ingenuous ideas. Biff is first to realize that his own passions are not synonymous to his dad's, and in a heated confrontation prior to Willy's death, Biff shouts, "What am I trying to become what I don't want to be?

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  5. Discuss the Function of Uncle Ben, Charley and Bernard in Death of a Salesman

    He is, for Willy, a symbol of all that is "good in the land of opportunity". "When I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by god I was rich." This statement is influential for Willy, because it is a prime example of the American Dream which Willy longs to achieve. The American Dream is to achieve success in a respectful career; gaining wealth, popularity and social status through honest decent hard work. Ben has achieved this in Willy's eyes, and Willy aspires to have the same success, as he admires his older brother so.

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  6. Failures in Death of a Salesman

    So our first impression of the man is him failing to deliver. As the play proceeds we see Willy comparing himself to his relations or friends realizing that he is even more of a failure. Willy is a failure when compared to his father. Ben asserts "that he could sell more in a week than Willy could in a lifetime". He is represented as someone who was successful in his own way as Ben tells us: 'Great inventor, father. With one gadget he made more in a week than a man like you could make in a lifetime.'

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  7. Death Of A Salesman.

    "I'm the New England man. I'm vital in New England." The old saying "Pride comes before a fall" is a sharp realization of Willy's Life. Willy is somewhat deluded. All of his life he has dreamt about becoming successful and respected by his family and friends, he wants to be admired. Willy Loman has worked for his father's company for 34 years and also for Howard Wagner. To sell to the customers he travels often to Boston. Howard, Willy's boss, has just bought a new recording machine.

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  8. Death of a Salesman - review.

    Willy lived and died by The American Dream, however to Biff, Willy had "all the wrong dreams. All, all, wrong." This was true, Willy was not a success, because he had to go and ask Howard for a salary. Willy had gone to see Howard for a few reasons but importantly to ask him for a 65$ salary because he gets paid on commission. Willy is not doing very well in the business world; therefore he is living on next to nothing. For help he has to borrow 50$ a week from Charlie to show Linda, and pretend to her that, he had earned it.

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  9. Character study of Willy Loman.

    They always fight and argue with each other. Biff and Willy always have conflicts about getting a life and making money. Willy complains that Biff is nobody and as a result he doesn't listen to Biff's point of view. Instead, he makes fast and irrational conclusions such as not letting Biff talk about his visit to Oliver "Biff: His answer was- Dad, you're not letting me tell you what I want to tell you! Willy: You didn't see him, did you? Biff: I did see him! Willy: What'd you insult him or something?

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  10. 'The American Dream' - Death of a Salesman.

    The sense of freedom is what people are striving for. Freedom from bills and debt is what Willy Loman is striving for in Death of a Salesman. The American Dream is seen as a perfect life, which consists of a house with a perfect family; a husband, wife, two children, all living happily and comfortably without any troubles. But very few Americans achieve that goal in their lifetime, because there's also competition if everyone's aiming for it. Every person is competing with their friends and neighbours. These flaws show through in 'Death of a Salesman' as Willy tries to get to grips with his life and trying to pay off his house.

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  11. Death of a Salesman - plot summary

    He is very attention seeking "I'm gonna get married, Mom. I wanted to tell you" but this is not the truth and he is just trying to get attention. He also was incapable of interpreting the message of Willy's failure. From very early on in the play we begin to get evidence that Willy is a very contradictive character, and the first signs of his contradictions are when he says, "Biff is a lazy bum!" and "the trouble is he's lazy, goddamit!"

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  12. Death Of A Salesman - Willy Loman - Villain, Victim or hero. What is your view?

    Dave would ring up the friends that he had made in his time, and arrange business deals and meetings. This was the lifestyle that appealed to Willy. Willy also wanted to be like Dave and 'pick up a phone and be loved and helped my so many different people.' Dave Singleman is the representative of a successful salesman who followed the American Dream, and succeeded in his attempt to try and achieve it. Willy still believes in the same principles of how a successful salesman should be, and that was 40 years ago.

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  13. In what way do Charley and Willy differ as fathers?

    This was due to the way their parents and more importantly their fathers raised them. Bernard is constantly made fun of as a child and is defined by the Lomans as a nerd and a bookworm. He doesn't have the same aspiration for sports as Biff has, and believes that academics/ his studies are much more important. He is a very caring person, at the beginning and end of the play. We can see that he always tries to help Biff even though he is many times rejected and insulted by him.

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  14. Drama - Devised Performance.

    had a devastating effect on his domestic life - his favourite son, Biff, found out about Willy's cheating and the family unit, a major part of the American Dream, has over the years broken down. Biff accuses his father of being a "phoney fake". In each of the scenes of our devised performance the dialogue is improvised and we tried to make the stage scenery as minimalist as possible - this allowed swift scene changes and so each scene can be viewed as a snapshot into the lives of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances There are five main scenes in our devised drama piece.

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  15. Death of a salesman - Willy Loman.

    His dreams have always involved money; he thought money brought happiness. This is where I believe Willy wanted to live the "American Dream", where you get happiness out of wealth. He believed so much in the "American Dream", he thought his life was almost like it in the past, and he wanted it back desperately. In act one, page 46, Linda is speaking to Biff and Happy about Willy. She claims that he is trying to kill himself. "Linda: He's been trying to kill himself." This proves to me that Willy just wants to end his life because he feels sorry himself, and he can't live with the truth of his

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  16. "He had the wrong dreams. All, all wrong". Is Biff's valedictory opinion of his father Willy's life correct in your view?

    This is why he reveals that he has been to prison for theft. Biff goes on to try and make Willy face reality in his terms. At one point he states quite clearly that it was his father who 'blew me so full of hot air I could never stand taking orders from anybody' .It is the devastating statement that Biff and Willy are both 'a dime a dozen' or very ordinary, that shatters Willy's dreams. In having an affair Willy betrays Biff's ideal image of his father to the extent that Biff labels him a 'fake' and makes him

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  17. Arthur Miller uses the theatre to enhance the characterisation. He does this by using lighting, set, music, the apron of the stage, costume and the structure of the actors.

    The play is set like a Greek tragedy set in America. Biff talking to Willy about American Football; show the American theme, this is when Biff says, "just for you I'm going to break through for a touchdown." The American language is used a lot in the death of a salesman, "You don't raise a guy to a job who whistles in the elevator!" The Greek tragedy feeling in the play is also shown, as Ben is set like a choric figure.

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  18. The Death Of a Salesman.

    Even as he is contemplating death he still maintains hope in the fact that his insurance monies will be, enough to give Biff the much-needed start he needs. Linda is Willy 's wife and exceedingly loyal to his hopes and ideas. She is constantly trying to find a way between her sons and Willy in order to try and ease the tension. She becomes obviously depressed as Willy contemplates suicide or as she puts it 'ringing up a zero' whilst knowing that, there is nothing she can do to help him.

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  19. Death of a Salesman

    Willy presents this false dream to his son by emphasizing the idea of being popular. Willy states, "be popular and you will not want." In turn, his son becomes a victim because he is presented with this false conception about succeeding. This misconception Willy portrays to Biff will eventually lead to Biff's failure in life. In addition, Willy does not separate the real world from his business dreamworld; which causes conflict in his life. Willy "allows the dreams necessary to his work to start to take over his whole person". This in turn, causes Willy to contradict and lie to himself and to his family.

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