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Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman Exposes Morals And Values Of American Culture

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Arthur Miller's Death Of a Salesman Exposes Morals and Values of American Culture

Arthur Miller's play, "Death Of a Salesman" is a very   elaborate play that tells the story of a man's dream to achieve greatness from nothing. It almost seems to make fun of American society's competitive nature, "Imagine? When the mail comes he'll be ahead of Bernard again!" Willy(1215)  

     The title "Death Of a Salesman" leaves nothing to the imagination of how this play ends. Indeed this is a story about the noble, cowardly death of Willy Loman, a traveling salesman.

Arthur Miller used the efficient idea of using flashbacks to allow the play to take place within a few days instead of ...view middle of the document...

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Anyone who commits suicide actually does not want to die and reality, just wants a solution to end their problems or pains. In this case Willy's problem was he thought he was so well-liked by society, however what he wanted most was for his sons to like him, and for his wife to not have to suffer his torment anymore. His suicide could have been prevented.

John mason Brow said, "miller's play is a tragedy modern, and personal, not classic; its central figure is a little man sentenced to discover his smallness rather than a big man undone by his greatness." This Is an excellent point, Willy was so sure of himself being so well-liked and having personal attractiveness. He believes he is so successful and thinks so highly of himself. However Willy keeps getting closer and closer to realizing he is not a great as he thought. The more he knows this the more closer to death he is. The quote uses the term "sentenced" which is a very accurate word implying Willy is being passed judgment on, he is being banished from society for life as they all leave him behind, alone and isolated. Starting with Howard taking his job away, then Biff and Happy leaving him behind in the restaurant, and finally Linda went to bed when she could have seen that Willy was going to kill himself and instead she should have stayed with him and encouraged him.

The play can be seen from 2 points of view regarding Willy. Willy could be a hero or he could be a pathetic fool with no achievements.

Willy can be seen as a a pathetic fool because he could not make his success in life so he had to play make-believe as if a child. "He had the wrong dreams. All, all wrong." Biff (1216) Eventually when life gets hard and he realizes what an inconvenience he really is, he kills himself. It is a quick escape from his problems.

When Willy died he expected to have a huge memorial just like the Dave Singlman character he so admired. When Willy was discussing with Ben what he should do he describes what his funeral might be...

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