Death of a Salesman Act vocab Flashcards

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raucous
boisterous;loud
audacity
boldness
drummer
salesman
philandering
womanizing
turbulence
violent disorder
transparent
clear, see-through
casino
card game
malted
milkshake drink
agonized
suffering great anguish
idyllic
simple and carefree
"strudel"
a hottie... lol
crestfallen
totally discouraged, drooping, disappointed
wilt
to become limp, weak
Chamois
towel for car wash
ignoramus
an extremely ignorant person.
invalid
a sickly or infirm person
evasively
tending to avoid or elude
Charley
Willy's next-door neighbor. Charley owns a successful business and his son, Bernard, is a wealthy, important lawyer. Willy is jealous of Charley's success. Charley gives Willy money to pay his bills, and Willy reveals at one point, choking back tears, that Charley is his only friend.
pompous
characterized by an ostentatious display of dignity or importance:
monotonous
lacking in variety; tediously unvarying:
carte blanche
unconditional authority; full discretionary power.
trepidation
a state of alarm or dread
Motifs
Broken objects; Mythic creatures and allusions to mythology; The American West, Alaska, and the African Jungle; Seeds; Diamonds; Mending; Women's stockings; The rubber hose
Anemic
Weak, sickly, pale, lacking vitality; also, low on red blood cells, but that's the medical definition
evasive
tending or seeking to evade; characterized by evasion:
earnest
serious in intention, purpose, or effort; sincerely zealous:
Indignant
Feeling anger or disgust at something offensive, a "how dare you" feeling. As if your dignity had been insulted
Linda Loman
Willy's loyal, loving wife. Linda suffers through Willy's grandiose dreams and self-delusions. Occasionally, she seems to be taken in by Willy's self-deluded hopes for future glory and success, but at other times, she seems far more realistic and less fragile than her husband. She has nurtured the family through all of Willy's misguided attempts at success, and her emotional strength and perseverance support Willy until his collapse.
Incipient
Something just starting to appear, in the early stages
louse
any small, wingless insect of the order Anoplura
spite
a malicious, usually petty, desire to harm, annoy, frustrate, or humiliate another person; bitter ill will; malice.
stolid
not easily stirred or moved mentally; unemotional; impassive.
laconic
using few words; expressing much in few words; concise:
regents
a person who exercises the ruling power in a kingdom during the minority, absence, or disability of the sovereign.
Commission
A payment you receive for each sale you make. Its the opposite of a salary
Bill Oliver
Biff's old employer who no longer remembers him when Biff goes to his workplace to ask for a job.
subside
to sink to a low or lower level.
turbulent
being in a state of agitation or tumult; disturbed:
indignantly
in a way showing you are displeased at something unjust
Willie's two sons are _________ and __________.
Biff and Happy
accommodate
to do a kindness or a favor to; oblige; to accommodate a friend.
elevate
to move or raise to a higher place or position; lift up.
What event changes Biff's outlook about his father?
He catches Willie cheating with "The Woman" in a hotel in Boston?
aura
atmosphere;sensation
ominous
threatening
saccharine
sweetener
autonomous
self-governingl independent
summon
call upon
clinches
settles something conclusively
incipient
beginning to exist/appear
seethe
to boil, agitated
J.P. Morgan
financial billionaire
commision
income in percents
befuddled
confused or stupidly drunk
encapsulated
made concise or condensed
grand central station
train terminal
massacre
the unnecessary, indiscriminate killing of a large number of human beings or animals, as in barbarous warfare or persecution or for revenge or plunder.
Avidly
Eagerly or enthusiastically desirous of something- at times with a connotation of greed. "Happy says ______, the Loman brothers eh.
gravely
in a very serious manner
implicit
implied (not just stated); absolute;unquestioning
incredulous
not credulous; disinclined or indisposed to believe; skeptical.
mercurial
changeable; volatile; fickle; flighty; erratic:
remiss
not attending to duty; negligent; careless
Theme #3
betrayal; Willy's primary obsession throughout the play is what he considers to be Biff's betrayal of his ambitions for him. Willy believes that he has every right to expect Biff to fulfill the promise inherent in him. When Biff walks out on Willy's ambitions for him, Willy takes this rejection as a personal affront (he associates it with "insult" and "spite"). Willy, after all, is a salesman, and Biff's ego-crushing rebuff ultimately reflects Willy's inability to sell him on the American Dream—the product in which Willy himself believes most faithfully. Willy assumes that Biff's betrayal stems from Biff's discovery of Willy's affair with The Woman—a betrayal of Linda's love. Whereas Willy feels that Biff has betrayed him, Biff feels that Willy, a "phony little fake," has betrayed him with his unending stream of ego-stroking lies.
contemptuous
manifesting or expressing disdain or scorn
studebaker
U.S. wagon maker and pioneer automobile designer.
knickers
a bloomerslike undergarment worn by women.
anemic
sickly, pale, weak (medical: having a disease of low red blood cells)
Audacity
Boldness, daring with a touch of brashness
coolie
an offensive name for an unskilled asian laborer
imbue
to impregnate or inspire, as with feelings, opinions, etc.:
incarnate
embodied in flesh; given a bodily, esp. a human, form:
enterprise
a project undertaken or to be undertaken, esp. one that is important or difficult or that requires boldness or energy:
gilt-edged
securities and bonds of the highest rating or quality; secure, government backed or guaranteed
falter
to be unsteady in purpose or action, as from loss of courage or confidence; waver
resolve
to come to a definite or earnest decision about; determine (to do something):
massive
a mountain in central Colorado, in the Sawatch Range of the Rocky Mountains: second highest in U.S. Rockies. 14,421 ft. (4396 m).
mock
a piece of furniture upon which or within which a person sleeps, rests, or stays when not well.
repression
the act of pushing down or holding in certain desires or impulses; political repression; shutting down of people unfavorable to the government
simonize
to shine or polish to a high sheen, esp. with wax:
sotto voce
in a low, soft voice so as not to be overheard.
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