Death of a Salesman

in Contemporary Society: by Cathleen Azuma and Ryan Malley

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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.

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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.

Undertale: Paying for Temmie's College

The New York Times - Social Media and the Need to be Liked

In the modern age, social media has changed the way most people view life. Becoming more popular in the social medias, such as Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, is what teens and adults search for nowadays. People are starting to believe that being “well liked” should be their goal in life. For example, ABC has also embraced the new trend by picking up a comedy for the coming season “Selfie,” where a 20 year old woman is more concerned with her followers on Twitter than actual friends. In the play, Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman explains to Howard about the olden days and how “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. You see what I mean? They don’t know me anymore” (Miller 61). Willy wants to be well liked when he is selling himself as a salesman already. Willy needs to be well liked to make money; however, he cannot because people do not know him anymore. As a salesman, Willy is unpopular; therefore, he cannot make any sales to gain money.

Truthout - Minimum Wage

Today, minimum wage is far too low to provide the poorest members of the working class with an acceptable standard of living. Our current minimum wage has been in place since 2009, and hasn’t changed since, whereas most other federal benchmarks are changed every year to account for inflation and other changes in the economy. Even back in the late 1940s, which is when Death of a Salesman takes place, minimum wage was too low for Willy to pay for all his expenses. Because of this, Willy ends up having to ask his boss Howard to give him more money to pay for everything: "I tell ya, Howard. The kids are all grown up, y'know. I don't need much any more. If I could take home- well, sixty-five dollars a week, I could swing it" (Miller 59). Willy needs to make a lot more money than he is already making in order to survive. Minimum wage isn’t giving Willy enough money to survive, and such is the case for many people in the real world today.

Works Cited

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.