"After all the highways, and the trains, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive," (Miller, 98). This quote was spoken by the main character of the Arthur Miller play Death of a Salesman: Willy Loman. This tragedy takes place in Connecticut during the late 1940s. It is the story of a salesman, Willy Loman, and his family’s struggles with the American Dream, betrayal, and abandonment. Willy Loman is a failing salesman recently demoted to commission and unable to pay his bills.
He wants to own his own business and he wants to be "bigger than Uncle Charley" and especially he wants to be a great success and he tries to emulate Dave Singleman. He wishes to die the "Death of a Salesman" and have many buyers and salesmen mourn for him. He also tries to be a good father, and husband. However Willy’s aims in life have been useless as he hasn’t really achieved anything. He got fired by Howard, his sons are both failures and they abandoned him in a restaurant toilet.
However, he is self-conscious and attempts to make himself feel more superior. This results in Willy lying to himself that he is a successful businessman who is exceedingly popular and sells products frequently. Regardless of Willy’s efforts, it becomes evident that he is not well liked, famous and is also neglected in the business society. Moreover, the play specifically exemplifies that his sales are declining as he is growing older. He is not the same energetic human being he was thirty-four years ago because he is not capable of driving to the destination of Boston, where he usually ventures anymore and he cannot sell anything.
you gotta admit, business is business." (Act II 60) This quote shows clearly that because Willy wasn't producing anything he was of no worth to the company. However, we know that Howard has the means by which to employee Willy through his references such has having a maid and his recent purchase of the tape recorder. Howard's greed leads him to ignore the fact that Willy has worked for this company for 34 years and has never asked for a favor before. Thus the individual, Willy, was shown no compassion because of Howard's greed and was fired because of it.
It is a modern tragedy, the hero, Willy Loman is not grand and noble, but a common man, however, he is a symbol for Americans in the postwar period of growing wealth and affluence. Theatrical commentators generally hold that this play not only has high artistic value, but also has profound social significance. The American Great Depression in 1930s is the background of this play; the story is about a common salesman who committed suicide because his ideal was shattered. Willy Loman is a road salesman who traveled in various states, selling the merchandise for his company. When he is at old age, the boss takes his salary away, let him work on commission like new comers.
The Influences of Tragedy in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman “A salesman has got to dream” (Miller ). That sums up Willy Loman’s life in just one sentence. Willy is a sixty-three year old salesman with two son, Biff and Happy, and loving, supportive wife, Linda. In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, Willy tries to provide for his family while struggling with financial, emotional, psychological, and suicidal issues. Willy commits suicide at the end of the play, with the help of his dead brother Ben, in believing that the action is the only way he could provide for his family one last time.
They talk about success, their hopes, and all the while Willy is downstairs having a conservation with no one. Willy is immersed in one of his flashbacks, where he relives conversations and scenes from the past. The boys are embarrassed for him, and the scene transforms into a fall day, 15 years ago. Willy Loman Willy Loman is an elderly salesmen lost in false hopes and illusions. The sales firm he works for no longer pays him salary.
Upon further questioning, Shelly confesses to the robbery, and is arrested. The story ends with Ricky Roma demanding fifty percent of Shelly’s commissions, and all of his own commissions. George Aaronow keeps asking of the leads came in yet, to which Ricky says no, I’ll be at the restaurant, Shelly Levene v. Willie Loman After reading this story, and Death of a Salesman, I do see similar circumstances surrounding both Shelly Levene and Willie Loman. Shelly is portrayed as a salesman in the middle of a major career downturn, and is faced with losing his employment if his sales do not pick up. ... ... middle of paper ... ... as predators, and are constantly preying on the uninformed and unaware.
The failures centred on poor Willy Loman This fine line between making it and become your average Joe becomes heavily apparent when Willy decides he has had enough and kills himself. Willy begins to believe that [In a thick American accent] "No man needs a little salary." Willy perceives himself lower than everybody else partly due to his low wages. One of his great dreams would just be "forty dollars a week" but his new generation bosses decide even his 34 years of e...
(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.