Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller: “Death of a Salesman” Analysis
Willy Loman had been a salesman for all of his life. Although he was a hard worker and kept up with an exhausting schedule, his family always practically lived in poverty and Willy was inferior in his company. He always told his family that they would get the "big break" he deserved. He had raised two sons, Happy and Biff, to think that life has somehow cheated them and insists that they will get their payback someday. Willy 's wife, Linda, lives in denial that Willy has tried so hard to keep from collapsing. In Arthur Miller 's Death of a Salesman Willy ultimately loses his way in search for his own identity.
No matter how much Willy searches through his past, he fails to come to the realization or self-actualization that is common in a tragic hero. The partial conclusion that his idea of suicide offered him shows only a slight discovery of the whole truth. Willy seemed to understand himself professionally and knew what he was doing in sales but failed to come to the sad truth that he failed not only himself but his family. He managed to do so through the decieving antics of his life. He could never truly grab hold of the understanding of what it is like to be a “Loman”; spiritually, emotionally, and mentally. Willy was too focused on his own mind and dreams to be successful and he let it get in the way of his morals. Even though all of this is true, some readers may not come to the realization that Willy did, in fact, come to a…
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