Glass Salesman: A Comparison of Themes In a Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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One dreams, through the use of imagination, of what will become of them as life progresses. In some cases that person lives passionately with desires of self fulfillment, eventually reaching their goals in an ever so content way. At other times one remains lost, underappreciated, and ultimately carries with them a perilous, loathing attitude. Willy Loman drives his life to the point of no return where images of his past become his contorted reality. Amanda Wingfield slips on the white dress of her adolescence and is suddenly thrown back in time, living as if she were the young girl she once was at Blue Mountain. Death of the Salesman by Arthur Miller was published in 1949, only four years preceding Tennessee Williams play of The Glass …show more content…
Willy Loman is here! Thats all they have to know and [he goes] right through (Miller 33). Yet his sales do not justify this claim. I averaged a hundred and seventy dollars a week in commissions, Willy argued. Now, Willy, you never averaged- (Miller 82). The characters could not determine what was an illusion, and which, a reality. Often, other characters attempted to give hints of reality to the delusional others. These cues were constantly denied. Amanda was sure the gentlemen caller Tom had invited for dinner was going to fall in love, marry and save Laura all within a matter of a dinner. Tom tries to explain to his mother that Jim is not aware of Lauras existence and thus the chances of Jim saving his sister was slim. Yet, Amanda brushes off Toms leeway into reality and continues to believe Jim is the one without ever having met him. As a result, Jim ends up engaged to a girl named Betty. Willy has the same attitude as Amanda, unaware of any hints coming in his direction. Near the end of the play, Willy insists [his] funeral will be massive! Theyll come from Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire!Rhode Island, New York, New Jersey- [he is] known. Yet Ben continuously warns Willy that he [has] got to be sure [hes] not making a fool of [himself] (Miller 127). Willy pays no attention to this frame of reality. In the end, no one shows up to Willys funeral, portrayed as Linda asks, why
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