Summary Of ' Death Of A Salesman '

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Ahmad Maruf “American Literature and Corporate Culture”
Professor Ritzenberg
Final Paper
Looking for Someone To Blame in the Mirror

Arthur Miller 's play “Death of a Salesman” tells the story of a salesman confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic trajectory that eventually leads to his suicide. It addresses a broken family, loss of identity, and a salesman 's inability to accept change within himself and society. On the other hand, based on the memoir written by Jordan Belfort, Martin Scorsese’s movie “Wolf of Wall Street” features Jordan Belfort, the drug-addicted stockbroker who makes millions defrauding investors, laundering money, and manipulating the market. What makes the movie a crucial and troubling document of the present is not so much Jordan 's business plan—he tells us repetitively that it 's too complicated and uninteresting to explain—as his approach to life. The success of such a sensationalist movie that archives the rise of a reckless, morally questionable, and self-made man reflects a tension of modern American culture, making us question traditional values of a good life. It is obvious that both protagonists lead an unhappy, deeply troubled, and broken family life, lacking strong family support system and stability. This is particularly problematic because we often picture the traditional family not only as the socio-economic unit but also as the cradle of human values, nurturing the human spirit…

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