Arthur Miller: The Family Man

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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…show more content…
This deteriorates his pride and makes him very ashamed but this shows us that he puts his family before anything even his pride, which in this time is a mans image. Linda, Willy's wife, appreciates him and loves him just as much as he does her ,by saying, “He drives seven hundred miles, and when he gets there no one knows him any more, no one welcomes him. And what goes through a man's mind, driving seven hundred miles home without having earned a cent? Why shouldn't he talk to himself? Why? When he has to go to Charley's and borrow fifty dollars a week and pretend to me that it's his pay? How long can that go on? How long? You see what I'm sitting here and waiting for? And you tell me he has no character? The man who never worked a day but for your benefit? When does he get the medal for that?..” (Miller 57) Some people such as Terry Thompson think that the theme is “Miller's celebrated tragedy about an aging and mediocre salesman who will not grow up, but who will instead remain an impulsive and "mercurial" boy groping ineffectually for success in a world that pays him no heed (Miller 12). And that symbol is facial hair--who has it and who does not.” (Thompson) In this theme Willy is put against his brother in many aspects. Ben his older brother is a successful man with plenty of money and “facial hair which shows his maturity” (Thompson) as Willy has none of these things. In this case Willy is used to symbolize childish name as many begin to use William as
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