Groupthink In Death Of A Salesman

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In the novel “Death of a Salesman” by, Arthur Miller, the character of Willy Loman develops a grim understanding of the possibilities and shortcomings of the American dream. Frequently discussed in the book, is the aspirations for parents to set the bar higher for their children. Willy Loman, is the father in the book and is the sole provider for his wife and two children and carries the burden to remove his family from an oppressed working class. With this in mind, Miller's constructive perspective into an anti-capitalistic character Willy Loman who is despised by the majority of readers. He is a victim of groupthink. Groupthink is a common thought that is presented to the readers of Miller's book, which in turn, makes the book a threatening book for our impressionable younger generation. Willy Loman throughout the book “Death of a Salesman” strives to become financially independent not only for his family success but future generations successes, through his materialistic, and capitalistic views. The nuclear family shown Miller's book, Willy who is regarded as the breadwinner, Linda is the caretaker who cares for their two children Biff and Happy. Since Willy is the only financial provider for the family, day in and day out he carries a heavy burden of shame with himself. Additionally, Willy carries with himself guilt and regret. One of…show more content…
Willy was functioning as both a parent and a provider. In contrast, to some readers, Miller’s tone has portrayed Willy’s character as a hero in some light. Even still, the majority of readers are not inspired by Willy character since the reader cannot overcome Willy persona which is skewed by Miller. Regardless of one’s standpoint, it is evident that prosperity and happiness are possible through the hard work, determination, and most of all, believing in
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