There is no set definition on what success truly is. Success is a desired outcome of an individual, but that desired outcome can vary from person to person. A path to achieve success can differentiate as well. Being successful to many can be as simple as just being happy or to others require hard work to achieve. The Glass Menagerie and Death of a Salesman share people’s views on accomplishment and how impacting it can be in their lives. When success is all one seems to worry about, other important aspects of their life tend to go downhill. In The Glass Menagerie and Death of a Salesman, Willy and Amanda are both characters that struggle with letting go of their past because their younger years fulfill their own vision of success that they constantly embed into their children.
Amanda is a mother with two kids, Laura and Tom, who she likes to remind of her popular past. Back in the day, she was a southern belle, very ...view middle of the document...
Amanda doesn’t approve of Tom going out every night to the movies and is scared that he will be a replica of his father. She can’t accept her children for who they are, which affects their relationship as a family resulting in constant arguing.
Willy seeks popularity for his happiness and success. Willy believes that having people know who you are and being well known is more strategic in being a successful salesman than anything else, “The only thing you got in this world is what you can sell”. His kids in his eyes are disappointments and he makes several efforts to improve their lives by meeting up with important businessman that don’t give them the time of day. No matter how hard Willy thinks he’s trying to help his sons, he’s too stuck in the past when they used to carry out his visions of achievement. Willy has illusions that give him a false idea on reality and prevent him from focusing on who his sons really want to be.
Amanda and Willy want to enforce their philosophies of success on their kids because their kids don’t fit their idea of it. Their kids try so hard to just be themselves but can’t with their parents nagging at them all the time. Despite the fact that their children are adults, they still try to correct everything they do. One can’t force someone to be something they’re not, they can only be accepting and work with what life provides at them. Being able to deal with these challenges is the true success in life.
Amanda and Willy can’t let go of their past and try to enforce their believes of having a great successful life on their kids which results in constant arguing. The Glass Menagerie and Death of Salesman share a theme that demonstrates how one must accept who other people are and not force someone to be who they’re not. It can lead to terrible effects that not only impact them, but the people they love. In Death of a Salesman, the following quote “Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be…when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am” shows there’s success for everyone but it has to be what one wants, not what others want them to be.