Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

1517 Words May 20th, 2016 7 Pages
Arthur Miller’s play titled “Death of a Salesman” offers a plethora of morals pertaining to the human condition. One moral, shown in Aesop’s fable “The Peacock and Juno”, pertains to that one should be content with that of which they are given, for one cannot be the best at everything. In Death of a Salesman there is, without a doubt, a paucity of content and happiness within the Loman family. But what does it mean to truly be content? Aesop’s fable “The Peacock and Juno”, as the name suggests, describes a peacock approaching the Goddess Juno, and he asks her to provide him “the voice of a nightingale”, which would be ancillary to his other various attractions. When Juno refuses, the beautifully feathered creature is confused, for he is, after all, her favorite bird. She responds to his confusion with “Be content in your lot; one cannot be first in everything” (Aesop). The moral of this short fable is clearly spoken in Juno’s quote. Simply put, the moral is “be content with what you have, for you cannot be the best at everything”. Comparable to the Peacock, Arthur Miller’s Willy Loman appears to his superior, Howard, requesting both an increase in salary, and better working locations in New York, rather than his current in Boston. Willy originally asks to work at a wage of $65 a week, justifying his requests with the fact that “[t]he kids are all grown up”, and that he is “just a little tired” (Miller 79). When Howard refuses, Willy attempts to compensate by continually…
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