Personality and Achievement in the Plays Death of a Salesman and Fences

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The characters Willy and Troy, from the plays “Death of a Salesman” and Fences,” share several qualities of personality and achievements. They are both fathers nearly at the twilight of their lives, suffering the consequences of decisions they made when they were younger. These men have worked for their whole lives to make money, as opposed to doing something for which they have passion. Willy and Troy spent their lives trying to achieve stability with money, only to come up with lives that constantly strive for payday, and families that begin to emulate their behaviors.
Both Troy and Willy spend their life working toward the wrong goal, and they do not see the harm in it. In “Fences,” Troy tells Rose what he thinks his life is overall,
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He is beginning to see his family as a burden.
In “Death of a Salesman,” Willy tells his boss of one of his heroes: “…he’d go up to his room, at the age of eighty-four, he made his living. And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want” [pg.81]. Willy’s idolization of a man who made money without going out of his way shows what Willy really thinks of work. His dream is to make money without working hard, and he thought being a salesman would be easy, like “old Dave,” the man he told his boss about, did his job. Also, the green velvet slippers signify the ability to make money even in very old age, which is what Willy tries hard to tell his boss. With all this monotony and desire for money, Troy and Willy’s families get sucked into the desperate cycle of the men.
Troy tried very hard to impress his ideas on his children. Sometimes it was in good circumstances, and sometimes it was in bad ones. His son, Cory, recognizes this after Troy dies. He says, “…That shadow digging in your flesh. Trying to crawl in. Trying to live through you. Everywhere I looked, Troy Maxson was staring back at me…” [pg. 97]. Cory is saying that after growing up, he realizes Troy tried to control his life throughout his youth. Cory also describes Troy as a shadow, because to him, his father was frightening as an idea. Troy was the one who would have the final say in everything that involved Cory’s life. This principle of determinism
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