DOS Relevance to Modern Day Society

Marykate FItzgerald and Gia Giorgio

College Loans and The Rising Cost of College

http://www.cnbc.com/2015/06/15/the-high-economic-and-social-costs-of-student-loan-debt.html

In America, the costs of education only continues to grow. This is a constant struggle to be able to afford an education that's necessary to succeed in such a competitive society. This can relate to Death of a Salesman when Biff talks about his struggles of finding a job after school, "I spent six or seven years after high school trying to work myself up. Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it's a measly manner of existence" (Miller 10). As Willy says "Population is getting out of control. The competition is maddening!" (Miller 7). Finding jobs right after school is almost impossible, this is causing the younger generations to hold off on marriage, children, and buying a home.


[Dashed] Dreams (American and otherwise) ] Parents Misguiding their Children


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EO0ogT5BWHQ


In this video, we see Mackenzie from the show "Dance Moms" talk about how although she likes to dance, she doesn't always enjoy it, or want to be there. This relates to Death of a Salesman because Willy pushes the importance of football in Biff's life, similar to how Mackenzie's mother keeps her in a highly competitive dance studio when her daughter shows little interest. In Death of a Salesman, we see Willy forcing the importance of football on Biff before the game at Ebbets Field, and tells his neighbor Charley that "This is the greatest day of his life"(Miller 68). Willy basically decides for Biff how important football is in his life, saying that nothing better could happen to Biff than the football game at Ebbets field.

Status and the Search for Happiness “Lifestyle Creep,”

Howard, Willy's boss, is showing him the new wireless recorder he just bought. During this scene it is evident Willy is trying to have a serious, work-related conversation, yet Howard feels the need that he must show off his hot, new toy. Howard, more wealthy than Willy tells him that the recorder is a necessity, expressing "They're only a hundred and a half. You can't do without it" (58). Here Howard is bragging about how he was able to afford this cool new gadget, and then tells Willy how he should buy one, knowing Willy doesn't make a salary. Howard buying things purely because he can afford it in Death of a Salesman, can be paralled to MTV cribs , and how the rich and famous buy extravagant possessions for their house that are not bare necessities.


This picture illustrates a retired professional basketball player Penny Hardaway with a custom bowling alley in his house.

Another retired basketball player, Carmelo Anthony shows in his house a wine cellar full of sneakers.

(source of pictures: http://www.businessinsider.com/best-of-mtv-cribs-2011-8#carmelo-anthony-2010-10)