English 101, Critical Response Paper

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Wong Daniel Wong Marvin McAllister English 101 11 October 2011 Critical Response Paper In his literary analysis of the famous American family play, Death of a Salesman, Irving Jacobson states the following about Willy Loman: “His fabrications create so extreme a polarization with his incapacities that an acceptance of failure-his own of Biff’s-becomes impossible” (Jacobson 252). In this instance, Jacobson is saying that Willy’s false claims about his success creates such a rift between reality and his alternate world that he becomes unable to tolerate failure in his household. To back his point Jacobson dials in on the aspect of Willy’s character, mainly his fluctuating and wishy- washy personality that drives the plot of the play. Willy’s whole life is lived in the past, creating a façade of his previous successes that he measures himself and Biff by in the present. Jacobson exploits this weakness by focusing on the fact that Willy cannot deal with his failure of a son.
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