Loss Of Dreams In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Ray Bradbury once said, “love what you do and do what you love. Don't listen to anyone else who tells you not to do it. You do what you want, what you love. Imagination should be the center of your life” (Goodreads, 1). 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…show more content…
After Willy’s unexpected death, Biff begins to realize that his father had false dreams. Throughout the play, there are multiple occurrences where Biff is correct about his father having all the wrong dreams. First of all, Willy’s talents and dreams are not selling but are using his hands and building things. Second of all, he tries to repeat the success of another salesman named Dave Singleman, and does not try to go after his own. Furthermore, Willy’s unrealistic dreams of Biff having an ideal life technically ruins his son's life and results in a failure for both of them. Lastly, Willy’s idea of being well liked and having multiple people attend his funeral results in dismay when only five people visit his grave. His false dreams of having an ideal life and becoming like Dave Singleman disintegrates Willy Loman’s future and his true given potential and talents to become a…show more content…
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. Even when Howard, his new boss, downgrades him to work on commission, he still strives to work for the same company. Thus, Willy’s ideas and goals of being well-liked and successful hides his true vocation and what he evidently loves. Instead of pretending to be a promising salesman, Willy could have dreamt of becoming a carpenter or a repairer. There are multiple evident scenarios where Willy is skillful in repairing and building things. One example is when Willy puts a ceiling up in the living room. When his neighbour Charley comes over, he says “That’s a piece of work. To put up a ceiling is a mystery to me. How do you do it?” (Miller 44). The term “piece of work” symbolizes that Willy is great with his hands and Charley considers the new ceiling
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