Essay on The Mistress in Death of a Salesman

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The Mistress in Death of a Salesman

The mistress, sultry yet sophisticated, played a larger part in the
play, Death of A Salesman, than most would imagine. While she does not
make an appearance in the play, she does appear in Willy’s remembered
time. During his daydreams, she is referred to as “the woman”. The
woman in Death of A Salesman never appears in the play, but has a
noteworthy presence because she affects the action, theme, and the
development of other characters.

As an outcome of having a mistress, Willy’s fragile ego is boosted.
For example, while he is on his lengthy business trips, she lavishes
him attention and affirmation. Willy’s last name, Loman, gives insight
into the fact that many people do not see Willy
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While Willy is getting a boost of self-esteem, Biff, his son, is
yearning for Willy’s support.

Biff travels to Boston to ask his father for assistance. Instead of
getting help, he finds out the truth about his father. After he finds
out about the woman, he realizes his dad is a fake. Willy was someone
he admired but now all he sees is a phoney. Moreover, Willy’s
infidelity strips Biff of his faith in his father. He held his
father’s ideas in high esteem but now was disgusted with him. He could
not handle his father’s greatest ego stroking lie. All of the
aspirations Willy had for Biff never came true Biff did not want what
his dad wanted for him anymore. As a result of Willy’s affair, Willy
begins to see Biff as a failure. Willy cannot accept the idea that
Biff does not want what he wants. Now that Biff is back from the West,
Willy and him constantly argue over the fact that he is not a success.
This all goes back to the woman. Biff realized he wanted to carve his
own way and not end up like his father: creating ego-stroking lies.
All together, Willy’s unfaithfulness caused a monumental strain on his
relationship with Biff.

After Biff found out about his father’s affair, he constantly
struggled to succeed. He used to dream of going to the University of
Virginia. He even had shoes that had their logon printed on them. But
after his encounter with the woman, he did not care anymore. He…