Death of a Saleman/Glengarry Glenross

Death of a Saleman/Glengarry Glenross

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Francis Lewis HS John Siggs
English March 5, 2009

Death of a Salesman VS Glengarry Glenross

In the play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, there is a character known as Willy Loman. Willy's personality can be defined as unstable, unpredictable and indifferent. In other words, he always has some kind of disagreement towards another person's views. Willy, in his sixties, has been working as a somewhat unsuccessful salesman for many years now. He loves his job with all his heart, even though he is making a minimal amount of money. One major aspect of Willy's that I admire is his undying pride. When he is offered a much better job by his friend Charley for a reasonable salary, he turns the offer down, showing that he does not accept pitty, he is a strong spirited man who is dedicated to his work. Not only is Willy a salesman, but a loving husband and father as well. I must say that Willy's downfall had to be his lack of cooperation when people attempted to help him and his consistancy. Although being consistant in most cases is a good thing, Willy did not know his limitations. He was a dreamer indeed, he had big plans for his children and himself. But these were unrealistic dreams considering Willy's job as a salesman, he just couldn't realize it. Willy was a blind man in a field of opportunities, and what a shame it was.

In the movie Glengarry Glenross, a man by the name of Shelley "The Machine" Levene is a low budget house salesman. He must constantly compete with his fellow co-workers. At the beginning of the movie a special contest is introduced to the salesmen. First place will receive a brand new Cadillac Eldorado, second place is a set of steak knives and the dreadful third and last place is you are fired. The stakes are very high and it's a do or die situation. Shelley is currently in last place with no sales at all. He has been struggling alot lately. Shelly seems to work much harder than his peers. He...

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