History Theatre / DeathOfASalesman

16th Jun '18 6:50:31 PM Daefaroth
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* ChekovsGun: Several times whenever Linda is seen mending her stockings, Willie yells at her to put them away. Late in the play, its revealed that [[spoiler: when Biff travelled to Boston to ask him to talk to his math teacher, the woman Willie was having an affair with demanded that he give her the new stockings he promised her if he wanted her to leave his room.]]

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* ChekovsGun: ChekhovsGun: Several times whenever Linda is seen mending her stockings, Willie yells at her to put them away. Late in the play, its revealed that [[spoiler: when Biff travelled to Boston to ask him to talk to his math teacher, the woman Willie was having an affair with demanded that he give her the new stockings he promised her if he wanted her to leave his room.]]
30th Apr '18 2:57:04 PM KingLyger
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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault or the result of forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of an underperforming employee.
** However, he fails to acknowledge the numerous years of hard work that Willy put in during his period and won't allow him to work in New York City, insisting he stay on the road. Unlike his father, who served more as a FatherToHisMen, the new boss only thinks about business and actually comes off as condescending to Willy, referring to him as "kid," despite the fact the Willy was working here before he was born!

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* NoAntagonist: The closest the play gets to an antagonist is Willy himself, but he's not so much a VillainProtagonist as he's HisOwnWorstEnemy. All of Willy's problems are either his own fault or the result of forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of an underperforming employee.
** However, he fails to acknowledge the numerous years of hard work that Willy put in during his period and won't allow him to work in New York City, insisting he stay on the road. Unlike his father, who served more as a FatherToHisMen, the new boss only thinks about business and actually comes off as condescending to Willy, referring to him as "kid," despite the fact the Willy was working here before he was born!
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* NostalgiaFilter: Willy constantly hearkens back to his GloryDays. Trouble is, they weren't all that glorious; they're just better than what was going on now.


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* PointyHairedBoss: Willy's new boss fails to acknowledge the numerous years of hard work that Willy put in during his period and won't allow him to work in New York City, insisting he stay on the road. Unlike his father, who served more as a FatherToHisMen, the new boss only thinks about business and actually comes off as condescending to Willy, referring to him as "kid," despite the fact the Willy was working here before he was born.
3rd Mar '18 5:51:48 PM Lanes17B
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* ChekovsGun: Several times whenever Linda is seen mending her stockings, Willie yells at her to put them away. Late in the play, its revealed that [[spoiler: when Biff travelled to Boston to ask him to talk to his math teacher, the woman Willie was having an affair with demanded that he give her the new stockings he promised her if he wanted her to leave his room.]]
24th Feb '18 5:27:17 AM KingLyger
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* BlatantLies: Happy says to one of the prostitutes he is with that Biff is the quarterback for the New York Giants. That year, the primary quarterback was Tuffy Leemans.

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* BlatantLies: Happy says to one of the prostitutes he is sleeps with that Biff is the quarterback for the New York Giants. That year, the primary quarterback was Tuffy Leemans.



* CentralTheme: The American Dream.
** Other themes include Trust vs Betrayal and Illusions vs Reality.

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* CentralTheme: The American Dream.
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Dream, and how it affects the average working Joe's attitude towards their job and money. Other themes include Trust vs Betrayal betrayal of trust, and Illusions vs Reality.perception of reality.
22nd Feb '18 11:24:11 PM MackWylde
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* CentralTheme: The American Dream.
** Other themes include Trust vs Betrayal and Illusions vs Reality.
10th Feb '18 8:13:40 PM KingLyger
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* ForegoneConclusion: Willy's a salesman. Guess what? [[spoiler:He dies.]] Some readers, however, expect the title to be a metaphor, or otherwise consider it too obvious of a giveaway, so they will get mad if you ruin the surprise. It probably helps that there is a TitleDrop in the middle of the play, in reference to a ''different'' salesman.
%%* FutureLoser: Young Biff.

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* ForegoneConclusion: Willy's a salesman. Guess what? [[spoiler:He dies.]] He dies. Some readers, however, expect the title to be a metaphor, or otherwise consider it too obvious of a giveaway, so they will get mad if you ruin the surprise. It probably helps that there is a TitleDrop in the middle of the play, in reference to a ''different'' salesman.
%%* * FutureLoser: Young Biff.Biff is a college football star, a ChickMagnet, and gets excellent grades. Too bad his future self turns out to be a "lazy bum," as Willy calls him. Though it's not entirely Biff's fault; [[spoiler:he was disillusioned with everything his father taught him after catching Willy cheating on his mom]].
10th Feb '18 10:12:28 AM KingLyger
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[[caption-width-right:349:[[ForegoneConclusion This guy dies.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:349:[[ForegoneConclusion This guy [[caption-width-right:349:This guy's a salesman. [[ForegoneConclusion He dies.]]]]



%%* ButtMonkey: Willy, and by extension, the average working man everywhere.

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%%* * ButtMonkey: Willy, Willy Loman can never seem to catch a break. Deconstructed in that the play places most of the blame on Willy himself for his complete and by extension, the average working man everywhere.utter refusal to give up, even despite evidence that it's only going to lead to more heartache.



* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Willy dies, the rest of the Loman family continues its proud tradition of sucking at life. Linda's words after the death are "I'm free". It's up for debate if she meant she is now free from anguish often caused by Willy, or free as in free of debt (the play was written during a time that if a spouse died, their debt did not transfer to the living). The only upside might be that Biff has rejected Willy's delusions. Maybe.]]
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Happy, thinking he can just do better than his father at this career.

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* {{Determinator}}: Deconstructed. Willy Loman will never give up his dream of being a successful salesman. But that also leaves his family perpetually sad and broke, and causes Willy no small amount of undue stress. Several times, it's commented that Willy should see that he needs to quit, but he won't.
* DownerEnding: [[spoiler:Willy dies, and the rest of the Loman family continues its proud tradition of sucking at life. Linda's words after the death are "I'm free". It's up for debate if she meant she is now free from anguish often caused by Willy, or free as in free of debt (the play was written during a time that if a spouse died, their debt did not transfer to the living). The only upside might be that Biff has rejected Willy's delusions. Maybe.]]
* DramaticallyMissingThePoint: Happy, thinking Happy thinks he can just do better than his father at this career.career if he tries hard enough. The point is that Willy ''was'' trying hard; it's just that he wasn't cut out for the line of work and ignored all evidence to the contrary.



* HumansAreFlawed

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* %%* HumansAreFlawed



--> '''HAPPY:''' All right, boy. I知 gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It痴 the only dream you can have葉o come out number one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I知 gonna win it for him.

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--> '''HAPPY:''' '''Happy:''' All right, boy. I知 gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It痴 the only dream you can have葉o come out number one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I知 gonna win it for him.



* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: EXTREMELY cynical.
* SpoilerTitle

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* SlidingScaleOfIdealismVsCynicism: EXTREMELY cynical.
On the cynical side. The play is a deconstruction of the American Dream, showing how flawed it can be.
* SpoilerTitleSpoilerTitle: There's a salesman in the play. He dies.



* ThisLoserIsYou

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* %%* ThisLoserIsYou
5th Jan '18 7:03:11 AM ScandalousWaheela
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--> '''HAPPY:'' All right, boy. I知 gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It痴 the only dream you can have葉o come out number one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I知 gonna win it for him.

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--> '''HAPPY:'' '''HAPPY:''' All right, boy. I知 gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It痴 the only dream you can have葉o come out number one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I知 gonna win it for him.
5th Jan '18 7:02:52 AM ScandalousWaheela
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* IgnoredAesop: Happy, in a big way. While Biff understands the fallacy that killed his father, Happy ends the play insisting that his father was right.
--> '''HAPPY:'' All right, boy. I知 gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain. He had a good dream. It痴 the only dream you can have葉o come out number one man. He fought it out here, and this is where I知 gonna win it for him.
30th Nov '17 5:40:50 PM 309216364
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** However, he fails to acknowledge the numerous years of hard work that Willy put in during his period and won't allow him to work in New York City, insisting he stay on the road. Unlike his father, who served more as a FatherToHisMen, the new boss only thinks about business and actually comes off as condescending to Willy, referring to him as "kid," despite the fact the Willy was working here before he was born!
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