Character Analysis of Willy Loman From Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge

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Character Analysis of Willy Loman From Arthur Miller's A View From the Bridge Arthur Miller introduces us to the character of Willy through the stage directions at the start of the play. Our first impression of Willy is that of an old, tired, hardworking man who gets home after everybody is in bed. We then learn that he has mood swings and massive dreams. As soon as Willy enters the house we get the feeling that something is wrong with the fact that he is home, as Linda calls "with some trepidation". She then asks him if he has crashed the car again. This implies that he has done it before and is a danger on the road. When talking to Linda about what happened when he was driving he says "I…show more content…
this also shows that he sometimes gets caught up in his dreams as he describes Biff as the perfect son, which he quite obviously is not from his previous, more honest description. This is what Willy wants to believe and shows that Willy can get confused about what is real and what is not. Then the conversation is turned to cheese. Linda tells Willy that she has got new American whipped cheese. Willy does not like this. This could be because the American cheese is a sign of change, and Willy does not want things to change. Also the Swiss cheese that Willy wants could be a sign of tradition and old times and also it is a natural cheese, so displays Willy's likeness for natural things. Willy then says "you cant raise a carrot in the backyard". This again refers to his dream for things to be how they used to be. This could also be referring to his career as it could mean that he cannot grow and be a success. Willy also shows his need for Linda when he says "You're my foundation and my support, Linda." This shows how much he relies on her and his respect for her. We a then given another indication of

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