Blackout Poem – “Death of a Salesman”

June/15/2018 David Bustamante

Death of A Salesman Analysis
By Arthur Miller

Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller is a book that shows the character’s emotions and lives, Willy Loman is a traveller salesman from New York city, he lives with his lovely wife Linda and his two sons happy and biff. Willy is having mental breakdowns because of stressed and family difficulties, but the most important reason it’s his financial situation. Willy Loman takes a look to his life and he realizes that he is unsuccessful and useless to those ones under his wing.

The play fits the genre of tragedy because it ends by Willy Loman having an awful life full of deceptions and unhappiness for making the wrong decisions, Willy at the end of the play commits suicide for the life insurance money to keep his family stable, thinking he would be more useful death than alive.

Willy’s death wasn’t necessary, they were one pay away to pay off the mortgage of their house and Willy was receiving financial help from his friend and neighbor Charley.

The project assign was to make a blackout poem about the play Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, the illustrations chosen fit the play because they are important symbolisms mentioned through the book for example Willy’s car, Money, Death, a Diamond, a flute, and Willy himself. For example, money, money is the reminder of Willy’s unsuccessful career as a salesman, or Death symbolizing the end by Willy committing suicide.

DOAS Monologues

the following is an example i created of a monologue for the character of Willy from “Death of a Salesman.”

this is a monologue because is a extended piece of speech without interruptions and directed to linda.

this monologue would fit in the current plot when
he has a serious conversation with linda.

Willy: I am a salesman, i dont even know why i wanted to be a salesman maybe just because i wanted recognition from my father and i wanted him to be proud of me. My life is useless, i cant even afford the fridge bill and my car is just a piece of crap. i travel 700 miles everyday for nothing, i could say i work witout a pay. i love my boys but they are like me, useless mediocres. Biff does not know what to do with his life, i feel like i am not providing enough for those under my wing and i feel like am giving the wrong advices to my boys, i am scare they are going to end up like me or even worst, living a life full of stress, unhappiness and debts. i am ashamed of what i have become, and the way i treated you.

Characterization (3D) – “Ralph”

“he was old enough, 12 years and a few months, to have lost the prominent tummy of childhood; and not yet old enough for adolescence to have make him awkward. “(Golding 5)
• Fit
• 12 years old

“You could see now that he might make a boxer, as far as width and heaviness of shoulders went, but there was a mildness about his mouth and eyes that proclaimed no devil.”(golding 5)
• Strong
• Width shoulders
• Innocent eyes (mouth)
• Heavy shoulders

“The boy with fair hair lowered himself down the last few feet of rock and began to pick his way toward the lagoon.”(Golding 1)
• Fair hair
-charismatic, and decently intelligent. Blonde hair

LOTF Podcast

work cited:

“Conformity is the most general concept and refers to any change in behavior caused by another person or group; the individual acted in some way because of influence from others.”
https://www.verywellmind.com/what-is-conformity-2795889
By: Kendra Cherry

“Mob mentality occurs because people who share a similar energy about something can find that when they amass, it’s like any other clump of mass/energy and it grows. As its mass grows, so the energy grows.”https://www.quora.com/Why-does-mob-mentality-occur
By: James Marx

“There is 3 kinds of people, (1) is the one who is looking for money, an example would be a businessman (2) the one who is looking for power, and an example would be leaders and (3) the one that doesn’t want neither”
https://www.quora.com/Why-do-people-desire-power-Is-there-a-desire-for-raw-power-itself-especially-over-others-where-it-is-not-just-a-means-to-an-end-such-as-wanting-control-over-your-own-life-or-getting-someone-to-give-you-something-you-want
By: Mudit Gupta

Island Description

platform and meeting place: You’re chief. You tell ’em off.”
Ralph lay flat and looked up at the palm trees and the sky.
“Meetings. Don’t we love meetings? Every day. Twice a day. We talk.”

the forest where the fire happens:“That bit of forest down there. . . the mountain holds it up.”Every point of the mountain held up trees—flowers and trees. Now the
forest stirred, roared, flailed.

“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

They went out through the revolving doors that made a faintly derisive whistling sound when you pushed them. It was two blocks to the parking lot. At the drugstore on the corner, she said, “wait here for me. I forgot something I won’t be a minute.” She was more than a minute. Walter Mitty lighted a cigarette. It began to rain, rain with sleet in it. He stood up against the wall of the drugstore, smoking….

He puts his shoulders back and his heels together. “To hell with the handkerchief,” said Walter Mitty scornfully. He took one last drag on his cigarette and snapped away. Then with that faint, fleeting smile playing about his lips, he faced the firing squad; erect and motionless, proud and disdainful, Walter Mitty the undefeated, inscrutable to the last. Walter’s wife finished with the groceries and with an angry voice she said “Walter how many times did I tell you to don’t smoke that close to a gas station, is dangerous” Mitty throws the cigarette but forgets to step on it. Suddenly Mitty hears Assistance chief Waker say “Sir we have an emergency at 345 Bustamante Street, a house is on fire. “Take the fire truck and report to captain Taylor NOW!” Mitty said.

Walter with a worry voice says, “What happened here, is there anybody inside?”

Brian responded “A gas pipe exploded Captain, there is 2 people inside”

“Did you call lieutenant Louis and tell him what’s happening?”

“Yes Sir he’s on his way”

The house was completely covered by flames, with a strong feeling of death and sadness, all the firefighters said “there is nothing we can do, the people are probably dead by now” Walter mitty refusing said “NO, we are Firefighters and we save people, that’s our job and we are going into that house and save all of them”

“Brian grab your equipment; you are coming with me. “
Brian with a sad, and disappointed voice said “Captain, with all the respect and admiration I have you, I can’t, I promised my wife I will have dinner with her tonight” and everybody refused. Walter disappointed of all his teammates around him say “fine I will go by myself”

“Sir we can’t let you do that; you will die” the firefighters said worried about Walter.

Walter grabbed his helmet and put on his bunker coat and said “if I don’t make it back tell my wife I love her and tell her she should be proud of me”. Seconds became minutes and Walter was taking too long, suddenly lieutenant Louis said “what is that?”. it was Walter with a five-year-old kid on his right shoulder and a 10-year-old kid in his arms. “Impossible, you saved them. You are a true hero Captain Walter “said Brian in tears. ‘‘Walter you left the stove on all day, we are lucky the house didn’t catch on fire”.

Plot Point Photos – “Father and Son”

1) Exposition
“Because I do not sleep well I hear my father rising to go to work. I know that in a few minutes he will come in to look at me sleeping” (MacLaverty 165).
The father and the son clearly have a bad relationship. This fits the exposition because its telling the reader the setting, the son is at home on bed and it mentions both characters, the father and the son.

2) Initiating Incident
“I love him so much it hurts but he won’t talk to me. He tells me nothing” (MacLaverty 165).
The bad communications between the father and his son. This fits the initiating incident because the reader can realize that both characters have poor communication, and that affects their relationship leading to conflicts.

3) Rising Action
“I have not seen my son for two days. then, on the radio, I hear he is dead. they give out his description. I drink milk. I cry. but He comes in for tea” (MacLaverty 167)
The reader can see that the father has paranoia about his son dying, this fits rising action because the reader can realize that the son is doing something wrong, for the father to be worry about him.

4) Rising Action
“My mother is dead but I have another one in her place. He is an old woman. he has been crying. I know he prays for me all the time” (MacLaverty 167).
This quote shows that the son lost his mom. this fits rising action because the character lost his mom and that’s why he found a way to forget about the tragedy by doing drugs, the father’s role now is as a mother and father.

5) Rising Action
“The door swings open and He pushes a hand-gun beneath the pillow. seen long enough, black and squat, dull like a garden slug” (MacLaverty 169).
The son is hiding a gun from his dad and he is doing something against the law. this fits rising action because the reader can predict the climax that something bad is going to happen to the son.

6) Climax
“There is a ring at the door. the boy answers it, his shirt-tail out. voices in the hallway. my son with friends talking. what he does not do with me” (MacLaverty 169).
The son is talking with what he thinks are his friends probably about drugs. This fits climax because the son finally shows his father than he is being bad just to him and not to another people.

7) Falling Action
“There is a bang. A dish-cloth drops my hand and I run to the kitchen door. Not believing, I look into the hallway. There is a strange smell” (MacLaverty 169).
This quotes shows that something happened to the boy at the door. This fits falling action because finally the son paid the price of walking in the wrong path, and the father can imagine what happened.

8) Denouement
“My son is lying on the floor, his head on the bottom stair, his feet on the threshold. The news has come to my door. The house is open to the night. “are you hurt?” blood is spelling from his nose. I take my son’s limp head in my hands and see a hole in his nose that should not be there. At the base of this nostril. My son, let me put my arms around you” (MacLaverty 169).
The father realized his son is dead, someone killed him and the news came to his door. This fits Denouement because is the end of the story and, it shows how the story ends in tragedy.

Character Sketch – Two Fishermen

K. Smith from the short story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan is visiting a small town. “Smith is a mild harmless-looking little guy” ( Morley Callaghan 1); he has grey hair with caramel color skin made by the sunny days fishing at the lake. He has a “large head, tapering down to a small chin, a birdlike neck, and a very wistful smile”(Morley Callaghan 3). Smith is married and have 5 children, he’s work occupation is as a hangman, his work is pretty tough but he’s used to it, you would not imagine that a little harmless-looking man’s job is to kill people. Probably his job is one of the most hated ones by the society but he does not care and he still gets his job done.
he goes fishing every weekend with his wife but mostly alone, smith is not good making friends because everybody is scared of him because of what he does.

Smith has a good heart but people judge him for what he does and at the end of the story show us to don’t judge the book by its cover, smith felt betrayed by who he thought was his friend.

Capital punishment and “Two Fishermen”

David Bustamante
English 11
4 February 2018
Mr. Barazzuol

Capital punishment and “Two Fishermen”

The capital punishment or well-known as death penalty was introduced in 1859 in lower and
upper Canada, crimes like murder, treason, rape or killing a police officer carried the death penalty and was until 1976 that Canada formally abolished the death penalty from the criminal code, by then Canada had hanged over 710 people. if the short story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan if it would take place in Canada this would be between 1859 and 1976.

There is no excuse to use violence but when your wife is being abuse the first thing it comes to your mind is vengeance, Thomas Delaney from the short story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan was guide by anger and thirst of revenge because his wife had been abuse, Thomas Delaney killed the man that abused his wife and because of that he is being sentenced to capital punishment. Thomas reacted in the wrong way but he was trying to defend his wife, I think he had the right to kill his wife’s abuser however he is sentenced to death, something I think is unfair because it was like self-defense.

Thomas Delaney should not have been killed because he tried to defend his wife from an abuser, it’s a natural human reaction to defend someone you love and he should juts have a fair punishment.