Death of a Salesman Analysis In the play by Arthur Miller, the main character Willy Loman is a man in his 60’s. He is dressed in a drab coloured, ill-fitting suit. Willy shows early signs of dementia, as he spends much of the play having flashbacks or incorporating the past into present day situations. Through this the viewer learns much about Willy and his past.
Willy wanted the 'Death of a Salesman' like Singleman - "and by the way he died the death of a salesman" [Willy concerning Singleman: Act 2]-. And he struggled to achieve that dream, only to tragically kill himself. Which reaffirms Miller point that a tragic hero is a character " who is ready to lay down his life... to secure one thing".
In conclusion, all of Willy’s slogans throughout the play Death of a Salesman are merely created out of the hopes of achieving the American Dream. As the readers of the play we are well aware that these slogans are simply just part of his fancy. These are the things that keep Willy going in life until the day he commits
Ultimately, these aspirations lead to negative repercussions. First of all, the pursuit of perfection can be observed by the actions of a particular individual in Death of a Salesman. The main character of the play, Willy Loman, was a man with misguided life goals. A rather insecure person, Willy placed strong emphasis on his reputation and self-image. He wanted more than anything else to be a popular salesman well-liked by everyone around him – it was the perfect portrayal of himself.
Because of his faith in the American Dream, he happily conforms to stereotypes within society and easily bows down to the pressure of society. However as his life starts to spiral out of control and he loses his job, he is forced to question the values of success and the idea that happiness can made possible by hard work and effort. Willy becomes conflict between his desire to conform and succeed in his society, and his despair over the fact that success seems unreachable which causes him to examine the very essence of the American
Living The Reality Rather Than Chasing The Impossible Willy Loman ultimate dream was to achieve perfection By Turki Al-Al-Suwailem Rational Throughout my report I have chosen to illustrate how Willy Loman in the story of Death of a salesman has lived by all his life by searching for perfection rather than reality. Willy lived to chase his unachievable dream rather than living the reality. His unrealistic connection between his reality and what he dreams to be has led him to death. His wrong judgments’ that are based on materialism and capitalism are a symbol of Willy’s dream to become a wealthy person.
Willy conducts his whole life based on the belief that any man who is good-looking, charismatic, and “well-liked” deserves success and will naturally achieve it (1.30). He attempts to make his mark by working as a salesman because, according to him, “selling [is] the greatest
Tragedy can spread. In Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is the protagonist, however he not the only person in the play who’s story ends tragically. His view on life spreads to those close to him. Primarily, Willy teaches it to his children who look up to him while his wife simply attaches herself to him, rooting for him in blind support while really she should be waking him up to the cold and dark reality that is their life. Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently.
A big sign of failure was written in willy 's life after losing his job because without a job he wouldn’t have any money to pay his insurance and neither the last payment of his house. Another example for willy 's failure is when he is starting to realize that people don 't actually take willy serious. After he got fired he noticed that he was losing popularity and the idea of success was betraying him. Willy needed money so he went to ask an old friend for money to pay his insurance. He got the money but also had a job offer but because he didn’t want to admit his failure he decided to say no.
Even after his time is over, Willy continues to provide life lessons to his sons. In her article, Fix argues, "He lies this way because he doesn’t know what to offer them and fears he is 'not teaching them the right kind of-- ' principles … In the end, rather than to admit the bankruptcy of his legacy, he sells his death to perpetuate it" (Fix 4). Charlene Fix brings up a good point, but she does not discuss the fact that at Willy 's funeral he is able to provide his sons with one final lesson, that knowing many people does not make you loved or appreciated. His lesson is demonstrated during a conversation between his family: LINDA.
The Similarities of Willy Loman and Troy Maxson in Death of a Salesman and Fences Willy Loman and Troy Maxson, as the protagonists of Death of a Salesman and Fences, respectively, has shown significant similarities in the plays over their social status, personalities, and relationship with their family members. On the other hand, there are also many noteworthy differences between them to be discussed, such as those in understanding of their own status, in the expectation toward the children, and in their family and friend’s reaction at the demise of themselves. Willy Loman and Troy Maxson share similarly hard-pressed life situation, but they view such hardship completely differently. In the play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is a figure deeply focusing on his fame and relationship with his social friends. As a salesman, Willy dreams of making successful deals as well as becoming appreciated by other people.
A tragic hero is a literary character that makes a judgment error that leads to his or her downfall. Traditionally, a tragic hero is reserved only for the elite, or noble members of society. However, Miller believes that the common man is equally subject to tragedy as the highest kings are. In The Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller portrays the protagonist, Willy Loman as a tragic hero. Willy Loman is a financially struggling man in his sixties looking for success for him and his family.
Linda defends Willy and insists that Willy, as a traveling salesman, merely exhausts himself rather than become crazy. Even if Willy’s financial reality reveals the fact that he can never come true his American dream, Linda still refuses to break his fantasies and see through his lies. Instead, she supports Willy’s American dream and believes in Willy’s idea that success is possible for anyone. Even though Willy is often rude to her and ignores her opinions, she protects him at all costs. She loves Willy, so she can accept all of his shortcomings.