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Death of a Salesman and Raisin in the Sun
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a play that highlights the plight of a man in the
sense of his identity and inability to come to terms with the changes in the society and within
himself (Miller, 2016). Arthur Miller crafts this masterpiece so vividly that the primary idea
plays out clearly with the blend of character personalities and turns of events in the play. Both
intriguing and exciting in the same metric, the play highlights the events of the last 24 hours of
Willy Loman’s life. Specifically, it highlights the arguments, confrontations, memories, and
dreams of Loman just before he committed suicide. On the other hand, Lorraine Hansberry’s
Raisin in the Sun tells the story of Youngers, a low-income family in the neighborhoods of
Chicago struggling to make ends meet amidst environmental pressure (Hansberry, 2007). The
family gets a rare opportunity to escape poverty after receiving a $10,000 check of the life
insurance of Lena’s husband. The most prominent commonness between the two pieces is the
conflict between the children and the parents. In the Death of a Salesman, Biff and his father
Willy conflict because of the difference in what they both want about Biff’s life. The text
mentions that the woman from Boston is always on the mind of Willy, something that does no go
down well with his son Biff. While the two had a relationship characterized by cycnism during
Biff’s childhood, his adulthood has not shown the best of relationships. Lorraine Hansberry’s
Raisin in the Sun also revolves around the conflict between Lena and her children especially
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after receiving the $10,000. The conflict primarily stems from the difference in dreams and the
manner to achieve those dreams. Each of Lena’s children has a different dream and purpose with
the money of their father’s life insurance.
As the story continues, the reader is able to understand the kind of conflict going on in
the play just from the interactions between the family members. In the two pieces, there is a
conflict between two or more members of the family. Some of the nature of these conflicts is
similar while others are significantly variant. The first similarity notable in the two conflicts is
that in both instances, the friction was brought about by the involvement of the parent in their
child’s life. In essence, both parents in the two instances are of the opinion that they play a
significant role in preparing their child’s future. In both instances, still, the children do not accept
to be told what to do, and thus snap. In Raisin in the Sun, Walter and Mama rub shoulders when
Mama tries to sell Walter an idea of a good business he could start. While she wants him to be a
success story in life, Mama does not buy the idea of Walter starting to sell alcohol. Mama is
religious and whatever Walter is looking to venture in is against her strong personal convictions.
Walter, on the hand, is convinced that the alcohol business will sail through and could be the
next big thing. This makes him snap and resort to drinking probably to drawn his sorrows.
Death of a Salesman is not any different in terms of the nature of conflict that plays out between
Willy Loman and his sons especially Biff. Biff’s father, Like Mama to Walter, wants to be a key
player in his son’s life. Like mama, Willy wants the best for his son and even suggests a business
for him to start, which he rejects citing that the job is not consistent with what he wants for
himself in life (Hansberry, 2007). Even though both Willy and Biff want Biff to be successful,
they do not agree on what the American dream is. This is the source of their conflict.
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However, there is a significant difference between the two conflicts. In a Raisin in the
Sun, the author talks about how mama loves all of her children equally. She wants each of them
to succeed in life but through the right channel; right in the sense that whatever they want to do
is in alignment with her convictions. She is even ready to support every one of them in their
endeavors to be successful in life. The kind of parental love and parental responsibilities that
Mama exudes significantly differs from that of Willy especially towards his other child
especially Happy. Willy does everything to help Willy succeed in life even if it means giving
encouragements in the form of compliments (Hansberry, 2007). The treatment he gives Biff is
the direct opposite of what he shows happy. He hardly talks to Happy even though he is also a
member of the family. Such kind of blatant favoritism can have a profound impact on the
relationship between a child and their parent. At other times, it would cause a conflict that may
not necessarily play out prominently. This was the major difference between the two families.
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Works Cited
Miller, A., Cobb, L. J., Dunnock, M., Grosbard, U., & North, A. (2016). Death of a Salesman (p.
156). Caedmon.
Hansberry, L. (2007). A raisin in the sun. Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic.

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Surname 1 Student Professor Course Date Death of a Salesman and Raisin in the Sun Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a play that highlights the plight of a man in the sense of his identity and inability to come to terms with the changes in the society and within himself (Miller, 2016). Arthur Miller crafts this masterpiece so vividly that the primary idea plays out clearly with the blend of character personalities and turns of events in the play. Both intriguing and exciting in the same metric, the play highlights the events of the last 24 hours of Willy Loman’s life. Specifically, it highlights the arguments, confrontations, memories, and dreams of Loman just before he committed suicide. On the other hand, Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun tells the story of Youngers, a low-income family in the neighborhoods of Chicago struggling to make ends meet amidst environmental pressure (Hansberry, 2007). The family gets a rare opportunity to escape poverty after receiving a $10,000 check of the life insurance of Lena’s husband. The most prominent commonness between the two pieces is the conflict between the children and the parents. In the Death of a Salesman, Biff and his father Willy conflict because of the difference in what they both want about Biff’s life. The text mentions that the woman from Boston is always on the mind of Willy, something that does no go down well with his son Biff. While the two had a relationship characterized by cycnism during Biff’s childhood, his adulthood has not shown the best of relationships. Lorraine Hansberry’s Raisin in the Sun also revolves around the conflict between Lena and her children especially Surname 2 after receiving the $10,000. The conflict primarily stems from the difference in dreams and the manner to achieve those dreams. Each of Lena’s children has a different dream and purpose with the money of their father’s life insurance. As the story continues, the reader is able to understand the kind of conflict going on in the play just from the interactions between the family members. In the two pieces, there is a conflict between two or more members of the family. Some of the nature of these conflicts is similar while others are significantly variant. The first similarity notable in the two conflicts is that in both instances, the friction was brought about by the involvement of the parent in their child’s life. In essence, both parents in the two instances are of the opinion that they play a significant role in preparing their child’s future. In both instances, still, the children do not accept to be told what to do, and thus snap. In Raisin in the Sun, Walter and Mama rub shoulders when Mama tries to sell Walter an idea of a good business he could start. While she wants him to be a success story in life, Mama does not buy the idea of Walter starting to sell alcohol. Mama is religious and whatever Walter is looking to venture in is against her strong personal convictions. Walter, on the hand, is convinced that the alcohol business will sail through and could be the next big thing. This makes him snap and resort to drinking probably to drawn his sorrows. Death of a Salesman is not any different in terms of the nature of conflict that plays out between Willy Loman and his sons especially Biff. Biff’s father, Like Mama to Walter, wants to be a key player in his son’s life. Like mama, Willy wants the best for his son and even suggests a business for him to start, which he rejects citing that the job is not consistent with what he wants for himself in life (Hansberry, 2007). Even though both Willy and Biff want Biff to be successful, they do not agree on what the American dream is. This is the source of their conflict. Surname 3 However, there is a significant difference between the two conflicts. In a Raisin in the Sun, the author talks about how mama loves all of her children equally. She wants each of them to succeed in life but through the right channel; right in the sense that whatever they want to do is in alignment with her convictions. She is even ready to support every one of them in their endeavors to be successful in life. The kind of parental love and parental responsibilities that Mama exudes significantly differs from that of Willy especially towards his other child especially Happy. Willy does everything to help Willy succeed in life even if it means giving encouragements in the form of compliments (Hansberry, 2007). The treatment he gives Biff is the direct opposite of what he shows happy. He hardly talks to Happy even though he is also a member of the family. Such kind of blatant favoritism can have a profound impact on the relationship between a child and their parent. At other times, it would cause a conflict that may not necessarily play out prominently. This was the major difference between the two families. Surname 4 Works Cited Miller, A., Cobb, L. J., Dunnock, M., Grosbard, U., & North, A. (2016). Death of a Salesman (p. 156). Caedmon. Hansberry, L. (2007). A raisin in the sun. Recording for the Blind & Dyslexic. Name: Description: ...
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