He has convinced himself that he averages one hundred and seventy dollars a week in commission, but Howard tells him otherwise. This is a shock to Willy; he’s not used to having reality forced upon him. Willy sees being a salesman as a worthy profession; he apparently puts a lot of effort into his sales pitches. His ideal fate is the same as Dave Singleman’s; to be so “well-liked” that he can make sales over the phone and to have hundred of people attend his funeral. Willy is blind to the... ... middle of paper ... ... he tries to tell Happy that Willy didn’t know himself.
She is often trying to point out his accomplishments, but, he turns a blind eye. Happy, Willy's youngest son is truly a mess. He follows in his father's footsteps into the business world, where he is admittedly unhappy, yet continues because it is what is expected of him. He, like Willy believes that success is the measure of a man. He says "I gotta show some of those pompous, self important executives over there that Hap Loman can make the grade" (p 250).
The pursuit of the American Dream has been a long sought ambitions of many men. Generally speaking the American Dream is the ability to become prosperous, successful and to be free. In “The Death of a Salesmen” by Arthur Miller each characters have their own perception of the American Dreams. Likewise, “The Death of the Salesman” challenges the perception of the American Dream. Throughout the play the dialogue and actions of the characters illustrate the various concepts of the American Dream.
When presented with a bill he knows he cannot pay, Willy convinces himself that a sales trip to Hartford will solve his problems. He vows to his wife, “I’ll knock ‘em dead next week. I’ll go to Hartford, I’m very well liked in Hartford'; (1809). However, in those moments that he begins to realize the truth, his wife Linda while understanding his situation, supports his delusion. She says to him “…you’re the handsomest man in the world'; (1809).
He teaches Biff and Happy that it is charisma and not brains which will make them successful. In his flashbacks he tells them “the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead”² and scorns Bernard who gets high grades. By being a salesman, he believed himself to be well liked and valued in society and he devoted his life to it. Accordingly, when Howard fires him from the company, his pride is ruined and he feels as though he has failed his family “(a... ... middle of paper ... ...alesmen will be there from all over the country and in that way he will be able to prove to Biff and his family that he was a great man to be proud of. “I am known...and he’ll see it with his eyes once and for all”¹³.
In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman Willy Loman has an obsession with material wealth and popularity. These obsessions get in the way of him achieving true happiness in his life with his family .Willy was inspired by Dave Singleman , his dreams of being like him were also ruined because of his obsessions. Willy said to his wife Linda describing Dave“His name was Dave Singleman… and he’d drummed merchandise in thirty-one states. And old Dave, he’d go up to his room… −I’ll never forget−and pick up his phone and call the buyers, and without ever leaving his room, at the age of eighty-four, he made his living” In most scenarios people think that the more items they own the happier they will be in life, Willy quickly learns that is not the case at all. Willy wants his family and children to have as much as possible, as he thinks the more material things they have in their life that more people will like them and it will bring them happiness.
This success coupled with all the material possessions he has acquired, makes him feel complete in his quest for the dream. In the “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller we are given an example of what plagues this country in its so called “quest” for the “American Dream”. This example would not be, wanting to succeed, or to constantly strive for perfection, but rather the lack of fortitude in trying to reach those pinnacles. While this is definitely a problem that runs rampant in today’s society, it is not just a modern affliction. Miller shows us that families dealt with the same issues in the 40’s and 50’s.
Willy, however, is unable to face the truth about himself. He kids himself into believing that he is well liked by his customers in the New England territory and by the company, who is sure to give him a promotion or opportunity to make more income. Willy's dream is to become like Dave Singleman, who was very popular with his clients and able to do business by just making phone calls. Because he was so well liked, when Singleman died, customers from all over his region came to his funeral. Willy dares to believe that his funeral will be similar to Singleman's.
His belief is that with simple charisma any man can achieve success and riches. His Catastrophically his suicide that was meant to show his sons how successful he was at being liked turned out to be the last symbol of how much he actually achieved by being nice. In the play “Seize the Day” Tommy has all sorts of reasons to become successful and rich, and he falsely believes that money is all around, you just have to reach out and grab them. Throughout his “friend” the doctor keeps working him to make him think that people all around are making easy money fast and that all he needs to do is invest with him the last 700 dollars. Eventually Tommy realizes it’s a scam and turns to his father as a last resort but is fully rejected by his dad.
Both Willy and Torvald lives are similar to the fact that they are both trying to provide for their families, but in the end they discover a great loss. Willy Loman a salesman and a firm believer in the "American Dream," had the notion that any man can rise from humble beginnings to greatness. Willy Loman motivation to become successful was he felt that he believes success comes from being well liked not worrying about qualifications and being popular you well always come out on top. Willy is a Multifaceted character who portrayed a deep problem with sociological and psychological causes and done so with disturbing reality.