History Theatre / DeathOfASalesman

14th Jun '16 11:48:24 AM CJCroen1393
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Played With. Willy plans for his death to obtain big insurance money for his family to compensate for all the grief he caused for them or/and so he can live his ideals through Biff. A defied trope since he really gains nothing out of it.
9th May '16 7:45:32 PM drac0blade
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* YourCheatingHeart

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* YourCheatingHeartYourCheatingHeart: Willy's affair with "The Woman." It's the source of the animosity between Biff and his father, years after it happened.
13th Apr '16 9:02:50 AM Morgenthaler
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->''[[ArcWords "He's liked... but not well-liked."]]''

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->''[[ArcWords "He's ->''"He's liked... but not well-liked."]]''"''
14th Mar '16 9:16:09 AM Orbiting
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* DysfunctionalFamily: The Lomans (complete with ghost!); the only halfway reasonable people are Linda and Biff.



* HonoraryUncle: Willy and Charlie are this to each other's kids.



* TheUnFavorite: Happy Loman.

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* TheUnFavorite: Happy Loman.Loman, who can never measure up in his dad's eyes to his older brother Biff.
* WackyParentSeriousChild: A very dark version with Willy and Biff.



* WhosLaughingNow: Bernard is, once he becomes a successful high-flying lawyer. Willy Loman, who once looked down on him, comes crawling to him for help. Averted in that Bernard is not cruel or condescending, and gives Willy advice. Not to mention he doesn't seem to hold any bad feelings toward the Lomans for looking down on him and considers Biff a good friend.

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* WhosLaughingNow: Bernard is, once he becomes a successful high-flying lawyer. Willy Loman, who once looked down on him, comes crawling to him for help. Averted Subverted in that Bernard is not cruel or condescending, and actually gives Willy advice. Not to mention he doesn't seem to hold any bad feelings toward the Lomans for looking down on him and considers Biff a good friend.
14th Jan '16 4:44:57 PM molokai198
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* AloofBigBrother: Willy's older brother Ben, who got rich by going to Africa and finding diamonds when he was trying to go to Alaska. He appears in flashbacks as a practically godlike figure in Willy's mind, and is always talking about how rich he is, once offering Willy to join him in Alaska.


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* BungledSuicide: Linda thinks this is the real reason that Willy crashed his car a few months before the play started.
26th Dec '15 4:36:07 PM nombretomado
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* AnAesop: You don't have to follow the AmericanDream, just find something you want to do and be good at it.

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* AnAesop: You don't have to follow the AmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, just find something you want to do and be good at it.



* AmericanDream: [[{{Deconstruction}} Deconstructed]] as the pursuit of this is ultimately what leads to Willy and his sons' failures. In the end, Biff rejects the American Dream, convinced that it will [[TragicDream only lead him to ruin]]. Happy elects [[DramaticallyMissingThePoint to follow it anyway]].
2nd Dec '15 10:11:52 PM JulianLapostat
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Once upon a time, playwright Arthur Miller (some time husband of MarilynMonroe) set out to disprove one of the fundamental theories about the TragicHero -- specifically, that the TragicHero must be royalty, nobility, or some other type of great man who has far to fall (which he does) and much to lose (which, again, he does). Miller intended to write a play with an EveryMan as the TragicHero. He may instead have created an entirely different archetype, the [[ThisLoserIsYou "pathetic hero"]]. Either way, in doing so, he wrote what is often considered the greatest American play.

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Once upon a time, playwright Arthur Miller (some time husband of MarilynMonroe) Creator/ArthurMiller set out to disprove one of the fundamental theories about the TragicHero -- specifically, that the TragicHero must be royalty, nobility, or some other type of great man who has far to fall (which he does) and much to lose (which, again, he does). Miller intended to write a play with an EveryMan as the TragicHero. He may instead have created an entirely different archetype, the [[ThisLoserIsYou "pathetic hero"]]. Either way, in doing so, he wrote what is often considered the greatest American play.
6th Nov '15 3:25:29 PM ange1eye5
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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.



* 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).]]

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* 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.]]
5th Nov '15 11:16:03 AM ange1eye5
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* DespairEventHorizon: Biff reached this fourteen years ago when [[spoiler: he discovered Willy's affair.]]
5th Nov '15 10:58:53 AM ange1eye5
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* TheMistress

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* TheMistressTheMistress: [[spoiler: Willy had one fourteen years ago. Biff found out and never forgave him.]]



* OnlySaneMan: Female example. Linda is by far the most stable of the play's characters, although even she fails to realize a few important things about their situation. Biff is as well, but to a lesser extent as he's still DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife.

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* OnlySaneMan: Female example. Linda is by far the most stable of the play's characters, although even she fails to realize a few important things about their situation. situation, such as [[spoiler: why Willy and Biff are at odds with each other.]] Biff is as well, but to a lesser extent as he's still DesperatelyLookingForAPurposeInLife.



* PopularIsDumb: Unpopular but studious Bernard becomes successful, but popularity-obsessed Willy and Biff fail in the real world. Though Played With in that it is frequently implied that Willy and Biff are only popular in their own minds and that not many actually respect them.

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* PopularIsDumb: Unpopular but studious Bernard becomes successful, but popularity-obsessed Willy and Biff fail in the real world. Though Played With in that it is frequently implied that Willy and Biff are only popular in their own minds and that not many actually respect them. Biff realizes this at the end.
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