57). This proves that Willy was never the man he wanted to be but painted a different picture in his own mind. His family and everyone else can see there is something wrong with him but no one knows what to
Zeb 1 Adam Zeb Hajra Naeem English February 8, 2016 “Death of A Salesman” In the play “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, the character Willy Loman has flaws in his character that make him responsible for his own misfortune. Willy fails to realize his personal failure and betrayal of his soul and family through the meticulously constructed deception of his life. Willy tries to make himself feel better by lying to himself. Although Willy’s death is unfortunate, if one closely examines his pride, bad temper, and his lies, one can see that these flaws will eventually bring him to his demise. Throughout the play, Willy demonstrates his sense of pride while talking to his family and friends.
Willy, however, never admits the fact that his son and him are both losers. He refuses to see the concrete facts; he gets fired, has been a poor father figure and husband, and has had an unsuccessful career as a salesman. He not only fails to recognize the failure within him but the failure within his son. He never loses the grand, rich ambitions he has for his son despite the fact that Biff is a normal human
Willy Loman had flaws in his character that made him partly responsible for his misfortune. He believed that he was a well liked salesman when he was just like any other salesman. He saw his sons as well liked and that they would become their own bosses, that is not who they became. He saw himself as an honest, hard working husband and father, but was actually a fraud and a liar. He did not know a lot of people and he cheated on his wife.
Time and again, he wants to make sure his boys are well-liked and popular. For example, when his son Biff confesses to making fun of his math teacher 's lisp, Willy is more concerned with how Billy 's classmates react. Of course, Willy 's version of the American Dream never pans out. Despite his son 's popularity in high school, Biff grows up to be a drifter and a ranch-hand. Willy 's own career falters as his sales ability flat-lines.
A few key aspects of Willy cause the reader to classify him as a tragic figure. For example, he started out as a young man with specific dreams, looking up to his brother, Ben, who always recounted, “When I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by God I was rich” (Miller 48). Willy’s main goal in life was to experience the American Dream as Ben did, but he never accomplished this because he became a salesman, and a poor one at that. For years, Willy lied to himself, which causes extreme psychological issues in the future.
It is not a vice that results in his downfall, but some error or frailty. In “Death of a Salesman” Willy can be characterized as a tragic hero. Willy began as a great and successful man but due to his error of judgment, he looses it all and in the end he realizes that he is worth more dead than alive. Aristotle says that a hero must be, firstly, good. Willy Loman is a good man with good intentions.
It is noticeable that Miller never mentions Willy 's sales product, perhaps, to characterize Willy to be anyone from the American society. Willy is a quite self-doubting man. He creates a perfect world to himself and to his family to feel better. In his world of delusion, Willy is an enormously successful salesman who makes great deal of money. He deals reality with extreme arrogance .
When Linda reminds him that nothing will grow in their backyard, since “not enough sun gets back there,” Willy expresses his long nurtured desire of getting a “little place out in the country” and raising “vegetables” and “a couple of chickens” (Miller 55-56). The soul of a “workman” in Willy longs to build “a little guest house” only if he could get a “little lumber and some peace of mind” (Miller 56). Throughout the play Willy on many occasions exhibits his leanings towards manual work right in the vicinity of nature. Indeed, it is surprising why he chose to become a salesman, instead of becoming an explorer like his elder brother Ben. Willy himself acknowledges that life changing moment when he met Dave Singleman, a salesman in the Parker House, who made him believe that “selling was the greatest career a man could want” because it offers an opportunity to “be remembered and loved and helped by so many
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.