Money is a motif in DOAS, ADH, and Fences. In each play, each character frets over money. In ADH, Nora borrows money from Krogstad to pay for a trip to help her husband. Nora keeps this decision secret from her husband and causes her to loose everything she values in her life. Money is the main reason that she leaves her kids, husband and relatively happy life; it ruins her. In Fences, the advice Troy gives to his sons is they need to have a skill that they can make money with and support themselves and a family. It ruins his relationship with Cory and Rose. When Troy becomes a truck driver he makes more money however, he starts to loose Bono because they never see each other anymore. They slowly leave each others lives. Money took away everything that Troy cared about in the world. In DOAS, all Willy Loman wanted was to be rich and famous. He also tried to get his sons to value the same things. However, this pushed Willy to have to kill himself in the end of the play because it was the only way he saw to give his family a chance at success. With his choice his family received the insurance money and was able to pay off the mortgage which eliminated Linda of all her stress. However, Linda ends up being the only one living in her house and she is sad about that. In each play, money is a driving factor in all the characters’ decisions and eventually their downfalls. The characters’ lives are directly connected to making money and keeping their families together.
Children play a huge role in DOAS, ADH, and Fences. In Fences, Tory has the responsibility to take care of his children and push them in the right direction. This includes telling his sons to develop a real skill that they can make money with instead of what he sees as a waste of time like a musician and a football player. When he cheats on Rose he asks her to take care of his daughter because the child needs a mother. He cares about his children and without them his life would be much different. He might not of ever went to jail for stealing, wouldn’t have meet Bono, and might not even had kids. He wouldn’t have all his stress and might have lead a happier life. In ADH, Nora leaves her family because she fears that her lying would corrupt her children and they would end up like her; lying to their significant others and making deals with the devil. If Nora didn’t have children, she might not felt like she had to leave Torvald and her nice life. The stress of her lie might not have ate at her to the point where she thought she had to kill herself. In DOAS, Willy Loman only wanted success for his children. However, his affair ultimately caused Happy not to succeed in life. Once Happy saw his father cheating, he burned his shoes and failed math. With Willy’s mental state he had to relive all his mistakes and broke him down to the point of no return. Overall, the children were the main factor influencing the plot of each play. Because without the children, the characters wouldn’t have ended up with the same lives and been pushed to the extreme with their actions. Troy constantly tearing down his sons and making them fear him, Nora leaving her relatively happy life and going on her own, and Willy eventually killing himself because he saw no other way for his family to be successful. Children play a major role in all the plays.