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December 6, 2005

Miller, Death of a Salesman -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Biff: Why am I trying to become what I donít want to be . . . when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.

I thought that this was a very powerful line in the play. I love it actually. It's like Biff's revelation. He finally steps back and looks at himself, and realizes that he does not have to be what others say he does. It's totally up to him and the ball is completely in his court.It's very easy to relate to. Especially for me. The only thing that I ever wanted to do is become an English teacher. My family, however, saw other things for me. I wasn't allowed to be a teacher. It wasn't good enough for me. So I started looking at Law. That's what my mom always wanted for me. I started to become a little lawyer. I tried so hard to make myself believe that this was what I wanted to. Then, one day, I had a revelation. Why am I pushing this on myself so much when it is not who I want to be? From that day on I knew what I wanted to do, and Biff's right, everything that I could possibly need and want is out there waiting for me to make up my mind. I did. I think that I made the right choice.
I really enjoyed this play a lot. I saw a lot of connections between this play and others that we have read. Obviously, as we discussed in class, there are a lot of similarities between this and Fences. I also saw a similarity between this play and Kindertransport. The "flashbacks" were kind of the same, in that the characters who had them interacted with the people from their past and the flashbacks. There were a lot more too. I could go on and on.

Posted by CheraPupi at December 6, 2005 7:48 PM


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