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Arthur Miller: The Family Man Essay

1449 words - 6 pages

Garrytt Commiato
Mrs. Franks
AP English III
April 3, 2014
The Family Man
As we grow up in this world we are introduced to morals and values in which we all have some sense of in each and every one of us. We are born with a sense of protectiveness for our loved ones, a necessity to guide them to the right choices, and a need to provide for them. Arthur Miller a father of three children himself, has this deeply rooted into his mind and within his literary works. (Abbotson)

Arthur Asher Miller a man of many very high esteemed novels was born in New York City on October 17, 1915. (Hadomi) A man who saw all the harshness of the Great Depression, and had many jobs including a clerk, and a delivery boy for a bakery before school. Arthur Miller began writing in 1934 while he attended Michigan University, and this is where his creative writing began to be noticed. He wrote many radio plays such as The Pussycat and the Plumber Who Was a Man, and plays such as No Villain, and received many awards for these magnificent writings. These awards include the Pulitzer Prize for The Death of a Salesman. (Stagg) In 1948 he built a studio in Connecticut in which he began his writing of The Death of a Salesman. (Abbotson) The award winning play was published in 1949 after WWII in which Miller did not serve in due to a physical problem. (Bryer) In The Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller shows us that family values are evident in every household.

Willy Loman, a father of two children, has been proving for his family all of his life and loves his family to the death of him. In Toy Story 3, we see Woody protect his friends and lead them through many adventures, struggles and happy times. Woody goes to endless lengths to keep his friends safe and well taken care of treating their safety as a priority. (Toy Story 3) Both protagonist, Willy and Woody, demonstrate how much they value their loved ones, by their relevant actions. Just like Woody, Willy would do anything for his family, in fact he has stood by his wife, working his entire life to support his wife Linda and their two kids Biff and Happy. Of course a man who names his son Happy, is a “Family Man”.

Willy has worked since he was young as an honest traveling salesman, commuting everyday to work miles away to a job that he has recently had a pay cut in. Even with the recent pay cut, he continues to work because he must provide for his family. Willy’s priority slowly begins to become work and not his family. He is continuously working, to offer his family the most at his reach.With all these extra hours at work, drastic consequences are brought forth; Willy begins to affect his relationship with his kids. However,Willy does not realize this as it occurs because when he was a young boy and lived with his mom and his brother Ben, Willy's father decided to disappear, leaving no trace behind. Therefore, Willy grew up with an absence of a masculine figure in his life. Willy thought providing and spending minimal time...

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