Critical Analysis Of Happy Loman

1261 WordsNov 25, 20176 Pages
Is Happy Loman Truly Happy? “You’re a success, aren’t you? Are you content?”, is the question Biff asks his brother, Happy and he heedlessly responds with, “Hell, no!”. Throughout the Death of a Salesman, Happy Loman is seen as this tall and powerful man but, on the inside he is very unhappy with himself. It would seem elusive if he was happy with himself when he responded to Biff with a “no”, unless he is truly unhappy. From the first few pages of this play, it foreshadows the struggles Happy goes through in order to be happy. He is unsatisfied and lonely, seeks the approval/attention from his father, Willy Loman, and he is a mirror reflection of his father. Taking in consideration of these factors will shed light on why Happy Loman is…show more content…
He needs to be able to look back on his life feeling like he has done everything to feel happy in the end. Along with that, Happy is really lonely, even if he is more successful than his older brother. He feels empty, lost like he is missing something that will eventually make him happy but, he doesn’t seem to stand out as much as Biff does to his parents, especially Willy. Ironically, Happy, himself acknowledges the fact that he is lonely on page 12, “Sometimes I just sit in my apartment- all alone. And think of the rent I’m paying. And it’s crazy. But then, it’s what I always wanted. My own apartment, a car, and plenty of women. And still, goddammit, I’m lonely.” Happy understands that after being super successful, he feels empty inside like nothing can fill up a void in his body. After everything he wanted to have, like he said he still feels lonely and doesn’t feel like he has done anything worthwhile to look back on. The weight of feeling unsatisfied and lonely is only a third of Happy’s unhappy lifestyle and it gets worse as the play continues to play out. Since Happy is unsatisfied and lonely, it would make sense for him to seek attention, especially from his father, Willy. The audience can see this from Happy’s childhood on page 16 and 21, saying that he’s losing weight. From a book called, “The Unhappiness Syndrome” by Ryuho Okawa, it says on page 47, “Self-assertiveness arises from a desire to express our individuality.”, meaning
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