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An Analysis of the Failure of Willy Loman as a Father, Husband, Hero, and in Achieving the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Word Count: 967
A hundred years from now it will not matter what type of car I drove or what kind of house I lived in or the amount of money I made yet the world might be changed because I made a positive difference in the life of a child This increasingly popular statement raises a question for those who might hear it how does one impact a childs life for the better A most obvious response would be to simply be a good parent Yet with single mothers raising a family alone good fathers are scarce What exactly then makes a good father A good father is one who will encourage and motivate his child yet not force the child to do something that the child strongly does not want to do He will discipline his son or daughter in love but never solely out of anger He will set an example for his child being willing to admit his faults and striving to always do what is right And he will show consistent unconditional love for his child never basing his adoration on his son or daughters achievements mistakes or ambitions A good father will strive to always do what is best for his family He will put his desires last ensuring that his family is well cared for and not lacking for any necessities And most importantly a good father will make his family his number one priority coming before his work his friends or even himself In Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman Willy Loman is a textbook example of a failure as a good father in every way mentioned previously Not only is Willy Loman not a good father and husband but he furthers his failure by being a classic anti-hero and by failing to achieve the American Dream Willy is not a good father for many reasons First and foremost he has made his occupation his number one priority
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