An Analysis of Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' and William Shakespeare's 'Hamlet'

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In the play Death of a Salesman, main character Willy Loman is a man past his prime. He has been a salesman all his adult life and yet he has never been successful, despite his bravado. Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is about a sad salesman named Willy Loman who has spent his entire adult life working in sales, hoping to makes something of his life with little success, but always believing and affirming that a man who is well-liked is always successful. Death of a Salesman has what would initially seem to be a spare plot; an aging man comes face to face with the reality of his existence and crumbles in the wake of his failures. When Willy Loman comes to the realization that his life has been nothing but a failure, his mind shatters and he commits suicide, unable to live in a world where he has been disillusioned.
When the reader or the viewing audience is first introduced to Willy, he is mentally exhausted from driving about making sales. "Suddenly I'm goin' sixty miles an hour and I don't remember driving the last five minutes. I'm"¦I can't seem to"¦keep my mind to it" (I). From the outset, it is made clear that this man has given his all and has not much left to give. From the outset, it is made clear that this man has given his all and has not much left to give. It is hinted that Willy Loman has been descending into…
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