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Death Of A Salesman Essay

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The madness of Willy Loman the Salesman
As the story of “Death of a Salesman” by Authur Miller unfolded it became clear that that the main charter Willy Loman is losing his mind. It all seems to begin when Willy starts having flashbacks of an earlier life. The flashbacks quickly turn into a nightmare, and just the sound of the woman’s laughter can set Willy off. Eventually, Willy’s madness destroys his life and everyone around him. He sits plotting with an imaginary person named Ben, the ways in which he can make twenty thousand dollars. His family struggles to cope with having to deal with his flashbacks, rampages triggered by a woman’s laughter, and his interactions with an ...view middle of the document...

“BIFF: Because I know he’s a fake and he doesn’t like anybody around who knows” (Miller 1478)! Linda decides its time to tell Biff about what she has found, so maybe he will have a better understanding of the situation they are all in. “ LINDA: I’m—I’m ashamed to. How can I mention it to him? Every day I go down and take away that little rubber pipe. But when he comes home, I put it back where it was. How can I insult him that way? I don’t know what to do. I live from day to day boys. I tell you, I know every thought in his mind. It sounds so old-fashioned and silly, but I tell you he’s put his whole life into you and you’ve turned your backs on him. [She is bent over the chair, weeping, her head in her hands]. Biff, I swear to God! Biff, his life is in your hands” (Miller 1479). Seeing his mother this way breaks him of all the anger he feels for his dad and for the moment he lets go of all his hatred for his father and goes up stairs to his room.
Biff loves his father and looks up to him for guidance, more than Biff or Willy knows or wants to admit; sadly it takes a senseless act to help Willy come to terms about it. “WILLY: She’s nothing to me, Biff. I was lonely, I was terribly lonely. BIFF: You—you gave her Mama’s stockings! [His tears break through and he rises to go]” (Miller 1507). After Biff found about his father’s affair he wants to force his father to tell his mom, and by doing so show his father how...

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