Self-Awareness in "Death of a Salesman" and "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof" Both Biff Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and Brick Pollitt in Tennessee Williams’ Cat on a Hot Tin Roof are plagued by a sense of personal failure, and at significant points in the plays, each expresses contempt for what is false. These lashings-out may be seen as a sign of self-awareness or, if you will, self-contempt directed outward. In Biff’s case, the self-awareness is linked to his perception of his father as a dreamer of “phony dreams” (Miller, 106); Biff knows he can never live up to his father’s expectations and that the kind of success Willy Loman represents is in fact hollow and meaningless. In the case of Brick, he is aware that he is living a lie...The end:
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