Death Of A Salesman


Willy Loman is a pathetic and tragic hero of "Death of a
Salesman". His problems stem from his own delusions, the
American Dream turning sour and misunderstanding his job
and family. All of this tells the story o f everyday people
in American society. His environment is changing faster
than his beliefs which is the crux of his problem.
His own delusions are a result of his failure to succeed in
life. He still believes he is popular, respected and good
looking, but at age 63, he is none of those. Nobody liked
him that much since very few people came to his funeral.
His delusion was that there would be people across the
country coming to the funeral. 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 that "you're the best looking man in the
world". But the truth is that being popular and good
looking is not how one achieves success. It would be
through hard work and perseverance.
The American Dream has long turned sour for him. At the
beginning of his life, he remembers traveling in a wagon
going westward. His parents conquered the new frontier and
succeeded. His brother Ben went "into the jungle at 17 and
came out rich at age 21". For a while, the American Dream
was alive in Willy too. He helped stake out new territory
by selling his goods, his son Biff was going to go to the
university with a scholarship and he had a home. 

Over the years, times changed and his dreams were
shattered. He was forced to work on commission at an old
age, was fired later by his godson, his favored son Biff
had wandered about the country doing many odd jobs, and his
home was now surrounded by apartment buildings which
blocked out the sunlight. He was not a success in selling ,
he failed to raise his sons and his beliefs were just

Willy Loman misunderstood his family and job with profound
repercussions. He totally misunderstood his occupation by
trying to sell himself rather than the products. He could
not hope to succeed because there was virtually nothing to
advance him. People couldn't buy anything from him because
there was nothing to sell in the first place. Because of
this, he eventually lost his job. His family was something
he equally misunderstood. His wife and 2 children did not
let him know that they knew the truth about him. They
wouldn't tell him that his beliefs were wrong even though
they knew that he was trying to kill himself. They did not
always support him. As Biff was leaving the restaurant, he
told Happy to take care of his father. Happy rejected him
and he told the 2 girls he had picked up that Willy was not
his father but was "just a guy". Willy left the restaurant
very humiliated. His son Biff no longer had the same ideals
as Willy or respected him much after his affair with Miss
Francis. He had instilled the idea along with Linda that
they had the ability to save him but they didn't. He later
dies to escape the repercussions of the problems he has
caused himself.
The pathetic and tragic hero of "Death of Salesman" is
Willy Loman. He had a bright future but later got lost
along the way. This is the story of the "Low Man". Many
believe in ideals like Willy, many have had the American
Dream fail and many did not recognize that their family
lost their way because of them. It is a tragedy that a man
with so much potential lost it by believing in the wrong
things and never realizing the truth. 

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