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An Analysis of the Similarities between the Downfall of the Main Characters in Two Plays: A Streetcar Named Desire by Tennessee Williams and Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller
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The downfall of two of the main characters of A Streetcar Named Desire and Death of a Salesman are strikingly similar In both plays one of the main characters witnesses a devastating event which traumatizes them for the rest of their lives This single event shapes their futures their attitudes their outlook on life and their views of others These events show that there are often things that can happen in life which affect everything that happens in the future In the play Death of a Salesman Biff is a child who is a great athlete He has great potential in his football career and is dreaming of going to a college to play football on a scholarship His friends love him and he loves his father Happy one of his sons even tells Biff He just wants to make you good21 He is devastated one day to find that he has failed math He however is only worried because he can no longer play football for a university which meant everything to him He travels up to Boston to visit his Dad who is on a business trip His only concern is to have his father talk to the school and get his grade changed When Biff enters his fathers hotel room he is even more devastated to discover his father having an affair with another woman Suddenly and drastically Biffs dreams of football disappear He no longer has any concern or desire to play He even burns the pair of University of Virginia sneakers he had so proudly cherished for so long From that day forth Biff had no respect for his father and never fought for his dreams again For the first time Biff tells his father he hates him In a heated argument that day Biff says Dont touch me you liar and You fake You phony little fake121 He simply faded from the spotlight of football This single event
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