February 28, 2005

The Adding Machine

When reading, "The Adding Machine" I felt bad for Mr. Zero. He was unappreciated and tortured by his wife every time he stepped into the house. For my paper I wrote how much Zero and Loman from , "Death of a Salesman" were similar in their attitudes and actions.

I gave some examples in my paper of how the two characters were alike. Here is one example: They have both been working at the same job for years and years and feel underappreciated. Willy went into his boss’s office and was not surprised when Howard refused to give him a raise, so he had different plan. He tried to convince Howard to give him a raise by expressing his deep love for the job. “And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ’Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?” Zero, on the other hand, does not believe what he is hearing when his boss is explaining how he is going to be replaced by an adding machine. “Excuse me, but would you mind sayin’ that again?” “Wait a minute, boss. Let me get this right. You mean I’m canned?” Zero did not expect it and was devastated. Both characters feel that they worked the hardest they could and did not understand why they were being let go. Neither character was able to take the news and did not feel that they could go home being a failure.

I think this was a good way to relate two stories that I previous read. They both showed how your actions can lead to hoprrible consequences.

Posted by GinaBurgese at February 28, 2005 01:57 PM | TrackBack
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