Causes Of Willy's Tragedy In Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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Cause of Willy’s tragedy

Charles Darwin once said, “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent but the most responsive to change.” (University of Cambridge, 1). In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman is a 63 year old travelling who has been slowly deteriorating due to his age and mental health problems. The play takes place in New England where Willy often travels to several locations around the United States of America selling his goods with little to no success. In the play Willy is the primary cause of his own demise due to his perception of the American Dream, along with flawed morals and unethical values. Four examples that show that Willy is the primary cause of his own …show more content…

Also we learn that Willy is handy and very good with tools. As Charley is figuring out how to fix the ceiling Willy shouts, “'A man who can't handle tools is not a man.” (Miller 34). He is obviously stating that that he is good with tools because he’s insulting Charly due to his inability to use tools. If Willy chooses his career path with a higher degree of wisdom the outcome of his life’s successes is more likely to go in his favour. Therefore, because of Willy’s unattainable life goals, career path and perception of the American Dream he set himself up to end his life the way it did because nothing went right for him. Furthermore, Willy’s tragedy is caused by the ethics and values he gives to his children and for the fact that he does not value hard work and dedication. He raises Biff with the idea that it doesn't matter what you do, as long as you're well liked you will succeed. This idea causes both Willy and Biff to amount to nothing. On the other hand Charley, who is a successful individual, raises his son Bernard to work hard. As result of this Bernard becomes a lawyer and is trying cases at the Supreme Court. Willy Says: That’s just what I mean, Bernard can get the best marks in school, y’understand, but when he gets out in the business world, y’understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him. That’s why I thank Almighty God you’re

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