Willy from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller: Abandoned and Flawed

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The dramatic play Death of a Salesman, composed by Arthur Miller in 1949 portrays the hours leading up to Willy Loman’s death. Willy is a sixty-year-old salesman living in Brooklyn New York with his wife Linda and after thirty-five years working as a traveling salesman he feels defeated by his lack of success and difficult family life. As a salesman, Willy Loman focuses more on personality and being well liked by everyone than actual skills. When he returns early from a business trip it is apparent that he is extremely distressed and confides that he almost got into an accident. All thought the play we get to witness Willy’s brain unravel and his tragic character flaws that all seem to stem from being abandoned by his father and brother.…show more content…
Moment like these, which were abundant during their childhood, caused negative effects especially on Biff. Biff became a kleptomaniac a quality that can be traced to Willy always pumping him with the idea that he doesn’t have to respect authority. “Everyone led Biff to believe that he was the best and that he did not have to work to be great which became his major downfall”(Stewart). This is Biffs’ dilemma. He was always told he was the best and how since he’s was so well liked by everyone he would never have to worry but, since he didn’t turn out successful in the eyes of his father he feels like he’s failed life. Even though working on the ranch is what he loved to do. As the play began to come to an end we see Willy and Bernard having a conversation and Willy being baffled at how Bernard had succeeded where Biff had failed. In Willy's mind, Bernard's great success is impossible to understand since he was always so unpopular spent so much time studying. He thought that all you need to be successful was to be well liked. Because of being abandoned by his own father and brother Willy so young its possible that Willy felt partially to blame and in him mind being well liked would keep people from leaving. Because of his philosophy Biff has difficulty maintaining
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