Willy Loman Character Analysis

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Bill Cosby once said, “I don’t know the key to success, but the key to failure is trying to please everyone” (goodreads). Willy Loman in the play “Death of a Salesman” of Arthur Miller is the character that directly relates to the state. He believes wholeheartedly in the American dream of success and wealth, but he never achieved itment of that quote. Willy spends his entire life to try to achieve “the American dream” but the result for his effort is being mental illness, which directly ruin his life. Willy is stuck in the past, and is constantly disappointed when he realizes that his dreams and memories are better than his present life, which then leads to his depression and ultimately, his suicide, showing that memories, illusion, delusion of the past have the power to ruin someone’s present and future.
First of all, Willy’s mental illness is the main factor that causes the conflict between him and others. Willy is a kind father, who loves and takes care his son, but his attitude indirectly makes situation turn negatively. Willy wants Biff to be successful in business. More than anyone, Biff understands himself as well as what he wants. The climax of the conflict begins from this point. Instead of supporting Biff's dream and decisions, Willy tries to prevent Biff and leads him follow his philosophy. The problem of Willy here is he always throws back to the past, and not accepts the present. Willy loses himself in reminiscence while he reminisces a moment when Billy was a popular in his high school, “how they used to follow [Biff] around…when he smiled at one of them their faces lit up.” (16). The word “used to” means things that already happened in the past, everyone used to be like that does not mean that situation is still be...

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...bles to people and others around them. It makes people do something without thinking.
Miller uses the last dialogue of Linda to end up his story. Linda tells Willy that “[she makes] the last payment on the house… And there’ll be nobody home. [They’re] free” (139). At the end, after Willy’s effort, he finally gets a house, but he cannot live in his own house. He spends all his life to follow a dream called American Dream without considering the consequence of it. Willy Loman represents a part of people in nowadays society. Everyone has different dream, but the only common goal is to be successful, get rich and have a good life. People try to earn as much money as they can, to make their life better, and they do not know that, success and money is nothing if they do not have chance to offset it. They spend a life to achieve it, and then they also die because of it.
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