Essay on Death of a Salesman - Happy Lowman

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Harold Loman (Miller 79), or Happy as one may know him, never truly saw the epiphany of the ‘American Dream.’ He was just “blown full of hot air,” he never knew what was reality and what wasn’t (105). From the day that Happy was born, to the day his father died, and most likely till the day he would die, he never once saw the truth behind his ‘phony’ of a father. Happy, not only being portrayed as a static character, but also somewhat of a stock character, would end up just like his father, dying the “Death of a Salesman” (111) As a young lad Happy was the younger of the sons, just like his father. His older brother Biff Loman, was prototype of today’s ignorant jock; he was handsome, well built and athletic, exceptionally popular with…show more content…
In a whole, the entire Loman family and their surrounding community, is one huge stereotype: the rural suburbs that turn into ghetto-like apartment district; the ‘grass-is-greener-on-the-other-side-of-the-fence neighbor; the loving wife and mother as well as the lowly housewife; the older, more handsome, more popular, more athletic brother; the anemic, know-it-all, that helps the ‘cool’ kids for popularity; and of course the ‘backbone’ of the family, the one who puts the ‘bread’ on the table, the supportive all-knowing father; in a nutshell the infamous label of the ‘American Dream.’ Yet if one cracks open this nutshell, they will see the truth that lies beneath this façade, and realize the daunting fact that there is no dream, just an unrealistic hope of perfection. Willy has passed this ‘dream’ to Happy. Throughout his life, he never is able to comprehend his father’s misleading notions. When he is young, he fantasizes about becoming the man his father says he is. Then when at father’s burial site he lets the world know that his father did not die in vain, and that he would leave off where his father had left, and win one for him, to come up on top and to be number one as his father wanted to be. No, this basic ‘playboy*’ male, who viewed his successes as his money ‘earned,’ and girls ‘ruined,’ didn’t fall too far from the family tree. He lived in as much denial as his father did and kept his same ‘deadly faults.’ Maybe it was that Happy lived in so

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