Death of a Salesman Vocabulary Flashcards

James Truslow Adams
Terms Definitions
idyllic
simple
reserve
self-restraint
Gross
12X12
Year written
1949
candid
honest, blunt
"mice"
small lobster
casino
card game
infinite
immeasurably great:
enthralled
held spellbound; captivated
carte blanche
onconditional authority
commision
income in percents
"take a fade"
dissapear
crestfallen
dejected; dispirited; discouraged.
frankly
candidly; in truth; honestly
fallibility
capable of being mistaken/deceived
smoker
car on a train
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.
incredulously
indicating or showing unbelief:
subdued
made less intense; toned down
avidly
eagerly or enthusiastically desirous of something-at times with a connotation of greed
requiem
ceremony in memory of someone
measly
contemptibly small, meager, or slight:
turbulent
characterized by, or showing disturbance, disorder, etc.:
Mercurial
Fickle, quickly changing, moody. (she admires him, as though his ________ nature, his temper, her massive dreams and little cruelties....
lusty
fully of healthy vigor, spirited, hearty (NOT sexual)
Raucous (adj.)
Hoarse, harsh, rough, grating, irritating
chamois
an agile, goatlike antelope, Rupicapra rupicapra, of high mountains of Europe: now rare in some areas.
remiss
negligent, careless, or slow in performing one's duty, business, etc.:
Philandering
Sleeping around with many women whom the man wouldn't commit to. -- "it that his reward- to turn around at the age of sixty-three and find his sons, who he loved better than his life.
Theme #1
the American Dream; Willy believes wholeheartedly in what he considers the promise of the American Dream—that a "well liked" and "personally attractive" man in business will indubitably and deservedly acquire the material comforts offered by modern American life. Oddly, his fixation with the superficial qualities of attractiveness and likeability is at odds with a more gritty, more rewarding understanding of the American Dream that identifies hard work without complaint as the key to success. Willy's interpretation of likeability is superficial—he childishly dislikes Bernard because he considers Bernard a nerd. Willy's blind faith in his stunted version of the American Dream leads to his rapid psychological decline when he is unable to accept the disparity between the Dream and his own life.
Philandering
Sleeping around with the wives of others
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:
agitate
to move or force into violent, irregular action:
dictation
to say aloud to be recorded and written by another
Willy Loman
is the main protagonist; An insecure, self-deluded traveling salesman. Willy believes wholeheartedly in the American Dream of easy success and wealth, but he never achieves it. Nor do his sons fulfill his hope that they will succeed where he has failed. When Willy's illusions begin to fail under the pressing realities of his life, his mental health begins to unravel. The overwhelming tensions caused by this disparity, as well as those caused by the societal imperatives that drive Willy, form the essential conflict of Death of a Salesman.
gist
the main or essential part of a matter:
apron
a garment covering part of the front of the body and tied at the waist, for protecting the wearer's clothing:
Self-Reproach
Blame cast on a person by his own conscience.--" Kneeling in front of her, in a feeling of ______ _________
Requiem (n.)
A mass, a musical composition or hymn in honor of the dead
saccharine
of the nature of or resembling that of sugar:
grace period
a period of time where you are allowed to turn in money a few days late
"Blow" (as in blow you to a big meal)
to treat you
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