Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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The play “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller is about the loss of personality as well as a man’s incapability to admit the change in himself and society. The play is a montage of memories, confrontations, dreams, and arguments that all make up the last 24 hours of Willy Loman’s daily life. The author uses the Loman’s family that comprises of Willy, Linda, Happy, and Biff to construct a constant cycle of contraction, denial, and order versus disorder. Willy was aware of both his family and social responsibilities and never lost sight of what society expected of him-- even after living a tortured life. Willy Loman had two mentors in life, a fellow salesman and his brother Ben who motivated him to achieve his dreams in life. The success of his mentors led him to create a distorted value system that he later passed to his two sons (Hays &Kent, pp. 4). His two son’s Biff and Happy were constantly affected by Willy’s expectations in life. Although the play emphases on the psychological damage imposed on Biff, it also showed that Happy suffered due to his father’s beliefs and attitudes. Linda, Willy’s wife, although tries her best to be a perfect mother, goes to conflicting lengths to encourage her husband to succeed in his daily endeavors despite the challenges. She does this in times of crisis and their daily lives placing their son’s reputation to a position of less important value. Willy Loman and his son Biff were old-fashioned since they were from the same social niche.

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