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The Attempts Made Essay, Research Paper The Attempts Made Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, is a play depicting one man, Willy Loman, in his attempt to achieve the American Dream while living amongst his wife and children. Throughout the play the reader is introduced to many characters, some who are dynamic and some who are static. In any good literal work there is a balance of both of these types of characters, and Death of a Salesman is no exception that Willy Loman, his wife Linda, and their two children, Biff and Happy, create these characteristics. Willy Loman is focused on his primary goal to achieve the American Dream through hard work. At the beginning of the play Willy had declined to travel with his brother, he insisted that he would achieve his dream. Four

years later his brother stumbles upon a diamond mine and is instantly rich. Willy runs in to some tough times, and is constantly asking his friend Charlie for money. Charlie has offered Willy jobs on several occasions, and Willy constantly refuses.: CHARLEY. I offered you a job. You can make fifty dollars a week. And I won?t send you on the road. WILLY. I?ve got a job. CHARLEY. Without pay? What kind of a job is a job without pay? Why don?t you want to work for me? WILLY. What?s the matter with you? I?ve got a job. CHARLEY. I am offering you a job. Smelser, 2 WILLY. I don?t want your goddamn job. (1683) Willy is still determined to achieve his dream in his own way, as a salesman. He refuses to earn it any other way. Even in death he endeavored to achieve his dream by dying the

death of a salesman. Biff Loman is a dynamic character, because unlike Willy he eventually realizes the unfairness of society. In the beginning of the play Biff is much like his father, living in the world of, ?if you work hard you?ll achieve the American Dream.? Biff is supporting his father in his dream world. Eventually Biff runs into some difficult times; he can?t hold down a job, and he no longer trusts his father. On the day following the sporting goods store incident, he realizes the flaws in his father?s dream. That day he fails to get the loan, the man, Oliver, who had loved Biff did not even recognize him. The following day Biff cursed Willy for being a fool and a dreamer. He states, ?You?re going to hear the truth-what you are and what I am! Pop I?m a dime a dozen, and

so are you! I am not a leader of men, Willy, and neither are you. You were never anything but a hard-working drummer who landed in the ash can like all the rest of them! Willy you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?? (1703) Biff is upset with his father for being so arrogant and unrealistic. He wants Willy to realize that they are not leaders or rich men and to understand that is okay. Biff had it with Willy filling him up with hot air. By the end of the play Biff had gained this understanding, and in this aspect had changed. He matured to realize the faults of his ways. Smelser, 3 Happy Loman was also a dynamic character. At the beginning he was less renowned than Biff, he usually was in Biff?s shadow. He was constantly trying to get attention from his

father. He once states, ?I?m losing weight, you notice, Pop?? (1647) He does everything he can to get acknowledgement from his parents but it usually fails. HAPPY. I?m gonna get married, Mom. I wanted to tell you. LINDA. Go to sleep, dear. (1668) But, throughout the play it is Happy that is successful, more popular, and it is he who has all the women; there is not a woman in the world he could not have. Linda Loman was the most perfect example of the static character. It seemed as if her primary purpose in the play was to support Willy. She is constantly making excuses for him. WILLY. I suddenly couldn?t drive any more. The car kept going off onto the shoulder, y?know? LINDA. Oh. Maybe it was the steering again. I don?t think Angelo knows the Studebaker. WILLY. No, it?s me, it?s