Willy Loman's Vision of America in Death of a Salesman Essay

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Willy Loman's Vision of America in Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller's 'The Death of a Salesman,' is about a man, Willy Loman, whose life is going downhill and coming to an end. Willy Loman was a good salesman because he cared and was honest and through his personality he sold his goods. Time has moved on, but Willy hasn't. The business world has moved ahead and the way of selling goods had changed, but Willy can't see this.

Willy Loman has never come to terms with reality. His life is a dream and derives all his pleasures from the past and he always assures himself that all is well. His problem is that his role models are out of place in the modern business where heartlessness and hostility win
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'Willy. The grass don't grow anymore, you can't raise a carrot in the back yard. They should've put a law against apartment houses. Remember those two beautiful elm trees out there? Where I and Biff hung the swing between them?'

Here in Act 1, Willy is angry at how much has changed in the present day and how much better it was before. He is telling his wife that there's no space for anything, even a carrot in the back yard. He is moaning about the amount of pollution there is and he is very annoyed by this. He talks about the past, 'Where I and Biff hung the swing between them.' Wily is always bringing back the past because he liked those times and now he is irritated about why it had to change.

Willy's past stays with him all the time and that wasn't meant to be forgotten.

'Willy. Happy, use the newspaper on the windows, it's the easiest thing. Show him how to do it, Biff! You see, Happy? Pad it up, use it like a pad! That's it, that's it. Good work. You're doin' all right.'

Willy is in a good mood here as once again washing the car brings back memories from the past. This is reminding him that he could be a hard working salesman on the road, be a family man and a father. To be liked across America was a dream
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