(p.83) When Willy first heard this from his boss, that is a man younger than him begins to cry. A man his age working in a company that long doesn't really deserve to be fired. It makes his life seem a waste, and makes him imagine himself as a failure. "I was fired and I am looking for a little good news to tell your mother, because the woman has waited and suffered." (p.107) Willy is clueless of what is to come of his family and feels he has let everyone down.
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.
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.
Willy failed to see that instead of being retired at 84, Dave Singleman was unwed, still working, and in the end “dies the death of a salesman”; alone and without love. Believing in this dream, ultimately leads Willy to his hubris; too proud to be anything but a salesman. Throughout the play, Charlie often asks Willy, “You want a job?” Instead of escaping his reality of unpaid bills and unhappiness, Willy’s shallow values lead him to refuse the switch from him attractive job, to that of a carpent... ... middle of paper ... ...y equals achievement. Willy’s values have made his children just as unhappy as he is. After everything, Willy has in the end installed his own contradictory ideas into his children.
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.
“I don’t want you to represent us, I’ve been meaning to tell you for a long time now,” says Howard (26). This obviously destroys his work life. These mounting problems of being unsuccessful at work build up leading to him ultimately being fired. There are several ways in which Willy avoids his problems. First, rather then deal with such situations Willy is stubborn and assumes things will take care of themselves.
He wanted his funeral to be like Dave’s where loads of people from all over turn up at his funeral to show he was a successful salesman, but at his funeral only one person turned up and that was his wife Linda. This shows he is a failure to life because he couldn’t even achieve a goal which he set for himself which means he’s failed his life. All this together just says that he has failed everything as he couldn’t bring up a family and could achieve his life goal. Arthur Miller portray Willy as being a man who lies cheats and doesn’t care for no one but himself so he portrays Willy as a failure to life a failure as a salesman and a failure to a farther.
He tells his sons, "be liked and you will never want Take me, for instance Willy Loman is here!' That's all it takes, and I go right through." He is also lying to himself and is not able to consent to changes nor is he able to face reality. All this is due to depression, not having a job, his unsuccessful sons Biff and Happy, and the fact that he they do not accept him. Because of all this he has thought of committing suicide few times.
He often has flashbacks of his successful brother Ben, considering that Willy appears to be a man only focused on financial success, Willy has flashbacks and hallucinations of him often because of Willy’s jealousy of his brother’s success. As the play continues, Linda and Willy convince Biff to go to an old friend of his in order to discuss a business proposal in order for Biff and Happy to begin their way to financial success. He gets to his meeting and soon realizes that he was never a salesman and never got along with him to begin with. B... ... middle of paper ... ...lf when he has another hallucination of himself talking to his brother. Willy walks outside and starts his vehicle.
Willy incorrectly thinks that “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it — because personality always wins the day”, which is absolutely not true and causes him to be a poor role model for his children (Miller 65). It also leads his Howard firing him, which is nicely described as the “The underlying struggle is that of the individual attempting to gain his ‘rightful’ position in his society” (Miller 144). The fact that Willy is not able to adapt with society and a... ... middle of paper ... ...rs in terms of the American Dream because he committed suicide, he mostly embodies the elements that make him a tragic hero. Miller is about to show that through specific characteristic and thematic elements that Willy is indeed a tragic hero whose demise was an product of the misconceptions of his salesman’s dream. Due to Willy’s delusional dream, he is unable accept the reality he lives in causing him to live in the past.