Death of a Salesman Essay

1047 Words Sep 23rd, 1999 5 Pages
By: Raleigh Mullin

In the play, Death of a Salesman, the main character, Willy Loman's tragedy is due to both his own flawed character and society's flaws. Advancements in science throughout this century have led to tremendous advancements in industry. In this case however, advancements in industry have not always led to advancements in living conditions. For some, society has created mass wealth. For Willy Loman, however, mass society has created only tremendous grief and hardship, based on endless promise. For these reasons, his tragedy is due both to societies flaws and to the flaws in his own character. It was society who stripped him of his dignity, piece by piece. It was society who stripped him of his lifestyle, and his own sons
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It would identify people who are a danger to themselves or to others and treat them. If such a net had existed, Willy Loman might now have met his premature end. Instead, he could have received psychiatric help and recovered from his condition. It was the direct result of the flaws on society, which led to Will Loman's death. It was the greed that was so predominant around him that led to his unhappiness. It was the lack of compassion from society, which allowed his unhappiness to flourish, and which eventually consumed him. In the end, it was the lack of a social safety net, which failed to save him from himself. Everyone has conflicts that they must face sooner or later. The way in which people deal with these personal conflicts can differ as much as problem to get it out of the way. Willy Lowman's technique in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, leads to very severe consequences. Willy never really does anything to help the situation, he just escapes into the past, whether intentionally or not, to happier times were problems were scarce. The use of this escape throughout the play can be compared to the use of a drug, because he uses his escapes as if they were narcotics. As the play progressed, the reader learns that it can be a dangerous drug, because it is addictive and deadly. The first time that Willy is seen lapsing off into the past is when he encounters Biff after arriving home. The conversation between Willy and Linda reflects Willy's

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