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Willy Loman In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Willy Loman is a traveling salesmen who has two sons and a wife. On the way back from what will be Willy’s last sales trip he almost gets into several wrecks. He then has a moment of clarity and him and his wife decide he needs a desk job. His son Biff then returns home from the west coast where he was working on a farm. Willy starts to have flashbacks that make him crazy and also disturb everyone else. The next day Willy gets fired from his job and his son Biff gets denied for a loan. Biff and Willy’s other son Happy meet him at a restaurant for lunch. Willy goes into another flashback this time it’s about an affair he had in Boston. His two sons then leave him at the restaurant and go on dates with two girls they meet. They get home to a…show more content…
Willy tells the viewer this when he say
“And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ’Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people?” (Miller, pg. 273).
From that day on Willy wanted people to see the best Willy he could be. This when he began to sell himself to people so he would be loved and admired by people after his day has come. This ideology that Willy had messed with his family. For starter, his wife Linda thinks of her husband as a great salesman and husband. She has no idea that it is just a character that Willy has been playing for all those years. This ideology puts a gap between him and his son Biff that never gets fully put back together. Unlike Biff Happy is completely bought into the ideology that his father raised him with. Everything that was Willy’s undoing and damnation is embodied in his youngest son Happy. He is so mentally damaged by his father’s “American Dream” that he can never be shown the real
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He also sees his son in his eyes go from a star football player to a lazy bum. When Willy looks back and sees this he thinks he has failed his son because to him Biff has no drive and self-urgency. Willy although in his delusion of life thinks he has lived the “American Dream” and succeed he has greatly mistaken. Though he does try very hard to do what in his mind is right. Even though his family might not be provided for after he is gone he has been able to give them an ok life. He might have been an over bearing father but at least he was their most of the time. He tried to be a good dad even though Biff drifted away. Willy did cheat on his wife and never told her but he stayed with her. He provided for her and gave her a somewhat stable house hold. As a salesman he probably came across as arrogant to try and compensate for his other shortcomings but he tried. In all aspects of his life he tried and never stopped he kept trying to achieve his “American Dream.” Even at the end when he committed suicide he was only thinking of his family and trying to do what he thought was best for them. Willy says “Nothing’s planted. I don’t have a thing in the ground” (Miller pg. 294) to signify the beginning of the gardening endeavor to prove his worth. He gardens to prove that his hard work is worth something in
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