Essay about Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

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Denial by definition is in which a person is faced with a fact that is too uncomfortable to accept and rejects it instead, insisting that it is not true despite what may be overwhelming evidence. In Arthur Miller’s play The Death of a Salesman the Loman family lives and breathes in denial. This starts with Willy’s and Linda’s awkward and awful marriage and ends with their two troubled sons. The Loman Family’s dysfunctional traits come from years of self-deception, which they use as a means to mentally escape the cruel reality of their everyday lives. Their eldest son Biff is the only member of the family to see these false hopes and makes the decision to change his life.
These lies and false illusions are mostly created by the head of the Loman household, Willy Loman. Willy is a middle aged man who is a women’s clothing salesman in the northeast. He travels to all these places such as Boston and Providence. At the beginning of the book we first see a glimpse of this when his wife Linda asks about the car. “How’d the Chevy run?” his wife asks. Willy replies by saying “Chevrolet, Linda is the greatest car ever built.” Linda then responds to Willy by saying “You owe Frank money for the carburetor” Willy then yells “I’m not going to pay that man! That goddam Chevrolet, they ought to prohibit the manufacturing of that car! “. (Act I) It goes from being the greatest car ever built to a worthless pile of junk in a matter of seconds. This quote shows that Willy during his…