Willy Loman Died a Coward in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

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Willy Loman Died a Coward in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman "In his early sixties he knows his business as well as he ever did. But the unsubstantial things have become decisive; the spring has gone from his step, the smile from his face and the heartiness from his personality. He is through. The phantom of his life has caught up with him. As literally as Mr. Miller can say it, dust turns to dust. Suddenly, there is nothing" (Internet 1). The New York Times has expressed the tragedy in the ‘Death of a Salesman’ with no inaccuracy. The phantom of his life has been the American Dream that he has longed for and has not successfully achieved. Willy has terminated his life as an act of cowardice because of the failure of his…show more content…
Too much of his amazement they did. They didn’t become the men of business that Willy Loman desired but they became liars and thieves like Willy had unconsciously taught them. Stealing encompassed Biff’s life due to negative paternal influences. During one of Willy’s flashbacks he told Biff and Happy to steal lumber and congratulated them on the quantity that they acquired. "Habitual thefts because of Willy’s influence led to Biff’s desolation and ultimately led Biff into jail" (Internet 2). The rest of the Loman family was not aware of Biff’s habits until the end of the play. Biff had lied and told his family that he was working on a farm. He lied just as his father did. Biff also was supposed to make a business proposition and when it failed he stole a fountain pen from the man to acquire peace within himself. Not only did Biff take after his father but Happy lied about his job also. Happy claimed to be a man of business when in reality he was not. Although Willy did not realize the failure of his fatherhood in this perspective, he did struggle with many other failures as a father throughout the play. Willy Loman realized that it was his influence on why Biff did not become a man of business. Willy encouraged Biff to cheat off Bernard on a math final. When Biff was caught and had the privilege to take the class over, Biff caught his father with another woman. Biff was devastated. Willy blamed himself for Biff’s failure throughout the play, which was

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