Pubicness In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Pubicness has certainly had its effects on society through the years, for better and for worse. The play, Death of a Salesman, introduces readers to a frustrated, publicity envying Willy Loman. The best way to debunk a myth is to test it. And that is exactly what the public does to perfection. The public demonstrates to us that perfection is simply unattainable, regardless of one’s bank account balance, appearance, social status. For even the most famous actors or popular athletes or renowned musicians are imperfect as the media so often presents to us. As author Jeff Jarvis states, “Perfection is a delusion at best, a lie at worst.”. Moreover, Jarvis asserts that perfection in the public setting is “discouraging”, insinuating that an individual striving to be the best will likely fail and beat himself down. Arthur Miller illustrates this human trait in his play,…show more content…
Throughout the course of the play readers notice a flustered salesman(Willy), frustrated with his lack of success; frustrated with his lack of perfection. Furthermore, Jarvis also states that attaining perfection is “expensive”. It is well known (or should at least be known) that purchasing the most expensive or flashy item does not promise it will last forever. For “Every car eventually breaks.” as affirmed by Jeff Jarvis. In Arthur Miller’s play readers are informed that Willy has purchased a new Chevrolet car. He even claims that the Chevrolet is “...the greatest car ever built.”, but only a few pages later readers are told that the
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