Analysis Of The Death Of A Salesman

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The Death of a Salesman Have you ever worked long and hard on a project, only to realize that it was effort wasted and the project was totally meaningless in the end? That is just what occurred in the play The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Willy Loman, the protagonist, spent decades in mind numbing work, only to discover that he had “built his life on shifting sand” (Nicholas). Through the course of his journey, Willy kept on the straight and narrow highway, which he thought would bring success and happiness. He often contemplated when he would draw his last breath and if he should. Willy begins to realize the futility of his journey when his son Biff Loman returned from college after he had flunked out. Willy had a prevailing hope that his son would amount to something, that he would be successful and become someone great. The cold and brutal reality was that both Biff and Willy were still living in the past. It takes until the final scenes in the play, for Biff to finally comprehend what his dad wanted for him; which was for him to go get a job in business instead of chasing his senseless dreams of being a rancher in Texas. It is in those final moments that Biff steps…show more content…
Miller’s play allows the audience to see the everyday life, the highs and the lows of the occupation of a salesman. It delves into the complexities and shines a light on the fact that life isn’t always pleasant; that what we may think is important today, in fact may not matter in the long run. This play allows people to consider the fact that the image of the “American Dream” may not always come true. Not even if you work your butt off, and that sometimes you may have to pause and darn your

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