Comparative-contrast analysis of 'Death of Salesman' by the Miller and 'A Streetcar Named Desire' by Williams

In the story “A Streetcar Named Desire” there is so much that can be analyzed in terms of power, sex and desire. The physical of sex has been depicted so explicitly in this story and it has been used as a source of dominance and power. The sexual intercourse has been as a product of very aggressive dominance, submission, and competition and it is should rather than romance. Though the author insists that his work was meant to be warning the world against brutes at the end of the story we find that the sexually imposing and dominating Stanley is able to conquer Blanche, and also her illusions related to love. The streetcar urges the modern audiences to decide that the people should not tolerate the carnal behavior and there should be some logic used in order to follow the desires as they go down the darker areas of the human experience (Williams 12).

In the American play “Death of a salesman” Millers exposes the relationship that exists between dysfunctional family behaviors and the gender relationship. The themes of innocence and guilt and of the falsehood and truth are well considered through the eyes of the family roles. There is Willy who dies at the end of the play and he is an anti-hero and he is described as a psychologically and rounded motivated individual who embodies self-delusion, immorality, and the failure of the middle-class values. This brings out a similarity in the two plays where they are embracing the immorality and self- delusion. Stanley in the street and this character depict the delusion of the morality in the society. This character named Willy Loman has self-delusion as his primary flaw but it is not necessarily tragic because he never tries to fight it and does not try to change it to any good. The Death of a salesman starts with the man returning to his home and reveals to his wife that he had not accomplished his mission of travelling. He is not emotionally stable and the wife notices it (Arthur 21).

Both the dramas are memorable and rich dramas. They are both simple in style and are inevitable in their themes. The sons of Willy in this death of a salesman, Biff and Happy reminisce about their age of adolescence and also discuss their babbling of their father. These two are not satisfied with their lives and go ahead to fantasize about their buying some ranch in the Westside.

The women in both dramas are depicted to be archetypal female figures because they follow the fictional role of typical women of submissive wife and a responsible mother. Stella in A streetcar Named Desire forgives and supports her husband and defends her family against ant criticism. On the other hand, Linda in the Death of A salesman is a timid, meek figure around her husband. The two female characters are what every man would wish to have in their lives.

Both dramas use theoretical techniques in order to gradually strip their protagonists down every one layer at a time. Every layer reveals the truths step by step about their distorted pasts and their ways of immorality. This helps the authors to be able to succeed in exposing the reasonable justification for the characters current state of mind. These characters are Willy and Stanley. There is so much male dominance in the drama “A Street named desire” though this is not the case in the other drama. Stanley is a male who is a dominant person in the society but Willy is a considerate person in the society (Arthur 26).

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