Death of a Salesmen Arthur Miller Exsprence and Inocences Compared to the House on Mango Street Sandra Cisneros

Topics: Success, Innocence, Death of a Salesman Pages: 5 (2216 words) Published: March 6, 2013
In this essay, I will be discussing two novels that involve innocence to experience and childhood to maturity. The first is Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman". This novel reflects the numerous issues post-war United States was dealing with during the late 1940's when it was written. Death of a Salesman was written and published in 1949, when the United States was booming with new economic capabilities and new found power, resulting in a golden age regardless of the growing tensions of the threat of communist invasion. Racial violence and the escalating issues regarding the deluded American dream was turning out to be quite different than that which our founding fathers had originally idealized. During the time "Death of a Salesman" was created, Post-War United States was undergoing a metamorphosis into a new era of prosperity, communist paranoia, and social/philosophical change. Willy Loman is a hard working salesman who was unable to achieve success. He travels all over during the week and is barely able to make enough money to support his family. He has two sons he is very proud of and hopes that they will also be successful. The second is Sandra Cisneros, “The House on Mango Street” is about a young girl growing up not having the right guidance and believing what everyone else tells her to believe. She believed that material objects such as having a nice house and fancy clothes were the key to success in life. Her self worth was dependent on how many material things she had and how other people judged her. Willy Loman has failed to realize that he is not a successful salesman. He has this innocence about himself that he is a successful businessman whom everybody respects, but in other characters experience in the salesmen field he is not respected at all. He tells his boys that he is successful and well-liked by saying, "Someday I'll have my own business, and I'll never have to leave home anymore and they know me, boys, they know me up and down New England. I can park my car on any street in New England, and the cops protect it like their own"(216). Willy tells his boys he is a great success and everybody likes him, but when his wife asks him about his profits the truth about his success is revealed. He first tells his wife Linda, "I did five hundred gross in Providence and seven hundred gross in Boston"(218). Then he says, "Well I-I did-about a hundred and eighty gross in Providence Oh, I'll knock'em dead next week. I'll go to Hartford. I'm very well liked in Hartford. You know, the trouble is, Linda, people don't seem to take to me"(218-219). This is a perfect example of how Willy is blind to his innocent ways almost like a child where he needs to hide things from his wife and kids. He says he is well liked, but then tells his wife he has trouble selling because people do not seem to like him. Willy continues to deny innocently and doesn’t show that he is maturing. This might be why he is failing as a salesman. Another example of innocence is seen through Willy and his son Biff. Biff is a well-liked boy in high school, a good athlete, and Willy's pride and joy. Willy has great expectations for Biff and has always told him about the success he will achieve. Willy says to Biff, "Because you got greatness in you, Biff, remember that. You got all kinds of greatness"(238). Biff ends up failing math in high school and loses his scholarships. He then goes out west and works on a farm. He doesn't make very good money and is still unsure of what he wants to do with his life. Even when he returns home Willy still believes that he is destined from great success in business. He even tells people that he is successful. "Well, he's been doing very big things in the West. But he decided to establish himself here"(249). Even though Biff is unsuccessful and is making no effort to do more with his life, Willy still encourages him and tells other people how successful his son is. Willy chooses not to see Biffs true reality. Willy...
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