Death of a Salesman
in Contemporary Society: by Cathleen Azuma and Ryan Malley
Burgerpants - Delusions of the Middle Class
"* SO, I wanted to be an ACTOR."
"* When I first came to Hotland, it was my dream to work with Mettaton.
* Well, be careful what you wish for, little buddy!”
Burgerpants is an overstressed fast food employee who came to Hotland to work as an actor with Mettaton, an extremely successful television personality. However, Burgerpants can't find any work as an actor, and in the end is employed by Mettaton to work in the burger restaurant at the hotel that Mettaton owns.
“And old Dave, he’d go up to his room … and call the buyers, and without ever leaving his room, at the age of eighty-four, he made his living. And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. … In those days there was personality in it … Today, it’s all cut and dried, and there’s no chance for bringing friendship to bear―or personality” (61)
Both Burgerpants and Willy Loman started chasing after a career after they saw one person who they thought was successful at it, but in the end they both regret their decisions.
Temmie - Tuition Costs and Job Opportunities
A character named Temmie in the game of Undertale has to pay for college; however, it is too expensive. It cost way too much and even after the player pays for Temmie's studies, she still has the same old job as a shopkeeper and can't find a job. Similar to Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman describes that "There's more people! That's what's ruining this country! Population is getting out of control. The competition is maddening" (Miller 7). Willy believes that the population is increasing; therefore, people getting out of college can not find a job because most of them are taken.
The New York Times - Social Media and the Need to be Liked
Truthout - Minimum Wage
Undertale. tobyfox. September 15, 2015. Video game.
Feiler, Bruce. "For the Love of Being ‘Liked’." The New York Times. The New York Times, 10 May 2014. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.
Babones, Salvatore. "The $7.25 Minimum Wage Is Too Low for 21st Century America." Truthout. Truthout, 13 July 2012. Web. 20 Jan. 2016.