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The Glass Menagerie Vs. The Death Of A Salesman

Term Paper Title: The Glass Menagerie Vs. The Death Of A Salesman
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The Glass Menagerie vs. The Death of a Salesman

     In both The Glass Menagerie and The Death of a Salesman there are startling similarities and differences. After reading and analyzing both plays, these aspects become evident. We see these differences in their styles, acts, scenes, characters, endings and uses of symbolism.
     The two authors are very similar. I believe that the two combined many autobiographical tidbits hidden within the plays. For example, I do not believe that is was by mere coincidence that the main character of The Glass Menagerie, Thomas Wingfield, had the same initials of its playwright, Thomas “Tennessee” Williams. Another autobiographical aspect is that of using the idea of a crippled little sister and an ex-southern belle for the other two main characters. These characters and their distinct characteristics held true to Tennessee Williams’ own life. The character Willy Loman also depicts autobiographical parts of the life of Arthur Miller. It wasn’t as blatantly obvious, but the character Willy Loman felt he was inadequate and his life was wasted, just as Miller did at this point in his life. The weak father-son relationship was also an aspect of Miller’s life, which he illustrates through Biff and Willy. Both of the playwrights ended the plays leaving the audience in awe, and thinking, “it ends like that!?” I believe that the primary reason these authors are so highly regarded is because they broke away from the idea of a “fairy-tale” ending. In their own way both endings are happy, even though Willy Loman dies and Laura Wingfield is left without a gentleman caller. Willy Loman is finally released from his burden and can stop selling...

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