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Willy Loman Theatrical Response

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Shawnte Haynes Death of a Salesman Theatrical Response Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is based on the life of a salesman named Willy Loman. After I read the article, “ An Overrated Classic” on about.com, I disagreed with Wade Bradford’s review of the play. I do not agree with his reason on why Willy committed suicide. At one point in his review, who stated, “Arthur Miller would claim that the dysfunctional values of American society killed him. However, I believe that Willy Loman suffered from senility.” I oppose his statement on Willy committing suicide because he suffered from senility. Even though it is a fact that Willy was old and becoming delusional, however, the author wanted the readers to know how the American Dream had a negative impact on his life. Here is an example to prove what Miller thought was the American Dream: Linda: “ I can’t understand it. At this time especially. First time in thirty-five years we were just about free and clear. He only needed a little salary. He was even finished with the dentist. Charley: No…show more content…
Instead, they only focus on having a bank account full of millions of dollars, thinking that wealth is happiness. But in reality, there is more to life than being wealthy, such as having people in your life who love you and care about you. Although, his dream was complicated to achieve, he sort of gave up and thought that the best way for his family to live the dream is if he commits suicide so that his family would no longer be in debt. Miller wanted to show his audience that the illusion of the American Dream can have a negative psychological effect on people. It makes the American society care about material things it can earn from the dream and presents a false idea that having success and a fortune in life is way more important than valuing family and
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