For years, he traveled for his work many times that he never had the opportunity to truly get to know his own sons. As a result he did not love them as a father should, his love for his son, Biff, was based on his achievements as an athlete. And when Biff was not able to go to University of Virginina, Willy was so devastated that he no longer loved Biff how he once did before. He was disgusted that Biff had become a bum, Biff had different jobs working at farms. Willy wants Biff to be the successful man that he never was and feels that Biff will not achieve success in the occupation he has taken.
Arthur Miller uses the theme of reality verses illusion throughout the play, Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman is blinded by the illusion that he and his boys are successful men with great potential. He fails to see the reality of his failures in life as a father and a businessman. Willy Loman is a hard working salesman who unable to achieve success. He travels all over during the week and is barely able to make enough money to support his family.
Willy’s refusal to accept his and his son’s reality of not achieving success and instead leave him money to start a business what makes Death of a Salesman tragic. The same can be said with all tragedies; many times a story is defined as tragic because the person or persons involved never got to achieve their dream yet they never lost
Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, provides the mindset of an unsuccessful travelling salesman named Willy Loman who has a loss of identity and an inability to accept changes within society. The sixty-three year old man has been working for the same company for thirty-four years despite a recent decline in his sales. To cope with this tragic situation, Willy creates a fantasy world and often thinks he is living in an earlier time in his life. His wife Linda, and his two beloved boys, Biff and Happy, have noticed this
After 34 years of Willy’s life, he loses his job. To a normal person under normal circumstances, being retrenched is a time when you feel useless. But for Willy, since everything else is going wrong at the same time, he feels like a useless old man. Willy thought that just because he named his boss, that he would have a secure future with the company but as Charley said "them things don’t mean anything? You named him Howard, but you can’t sell that."
Willie Lowman has worked his entire life selling and at the end of his life it is taken from him. It seems like the people he worked for don’t really care about him that much because of how easy it is for them to let him go. Willie has dreams of becoming great and his son becoming great. In my opinion, as Willie gets older he sort of lives through Biff. Since he can no longer become a successful and wealthy business man, he wants that for his son.
(Thesis). In the play Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller proves he is America’s social critic when he criticizes Willy’s relationship concerning his family, his lack of success in achieving his goals and his dreams along with his inner turmoil and personal collapse which result in suicide. In the onset of the play, Willy told Linda that you “work a lifetime to pay of a house. You finally own it, and there is nobody to live in it” (Cohn 56). This quote shows how Willy strives his whole life to make a home for his family and by the time he sees the realization of that one dream, his family has drifted apart and he is alone with his haunting thoughts and his ghosts.
His boss was looking to fire him for a long time. His whole life, he has had the wrong idea. “Success doesn’t come from just luck, popularity, or personality. All throughout the Death of a Salesman, Loman tells his two sons, Biff and Happy, that the key to success in life is to be “well liked” and that all you need is “a smile and a shoeshine.” (Brett) However, Willy completely ignored his true calling of working with his hands, to become a business man. He was so infatuated with the American Dream, he didn’t realize that he wasn’t a good Salesman, and would have succeeded as ... ... middle of paper ... ...ity to indulge in a world that doesn’t exist.
“Was it my fault?”(93), this is the question that plagues Willy throughout Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman. Willy wonders what the value of his life has been, his family struggles to pay their bills and his sons are not getting ahead in their job fields. Willy wonders: has he been successful? Or has he not only failed in the business world, but in his family life as well? To the reader it is evident that Willy has not been successful in life.
Troy and his father’s relationship was not a very healthy one. Troy’s father was a horrible one, Troy states “Sometimes I wish I hadn’t known my daddy. He ain’t care nothing about no kids.” (Wilson 991), this exemplifies how Troy will be affected as his father never truly cared for his existence. According to Troy his father only wanted kids to work, “All he wanted was for you to learn how to walk so he could start you working.” Troy also tells us that his father was a selfish and evil person even going as far as to call him “the devil himself” (Wilson 992). On page 991 Troy depicts his father as an individual who is solely driven by his job and debt, “…getting those bales of cotton in to Mr. Luben… and find out he owe him money…” (Wilson).