Injustice, either social or personal, is a common theme in literature. Choose a novel or a play in which injustice is important. Write an essay in which you clearly define the nature of the injustice and discuss the techniques the author employs to elicit sympathy for its victim or victims. Do not merely summarize the plot. Use evidence from the text to support your answer.
Poignant, Tragic, Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” discusses the protagonist, Willy Loman’s lack of fairness or justice to his family via complex words, emotional appeal, imagery, flashbacks, and different points of views. Willy feels physically and mentally drained, he is not successful in his job as a salesman and as a result he is transferring all his dilemmas and negativity to his wife Linda, and his two sons Happy and Biff. Linda attempts to act jovial suggesting ...view middle of the document...
He speaks harsh words and acts unhappy continually. This behavior is deteriorating his health making him talk to himself. Also, he is affecting Biff judgment by making him think that he should probably get marry and make a family just so his dad can finally get the happiness he craves.
Miller’s use of imagery at the beginning of the play gives the reader an illustration of the setting, which took place in New York. Willy undergoes flashbacks through the play, that from his family point of view it seems as if he was mentally ill. He hurts his family many times, but he does not realize it until the end of the play. Willy had a mistress when his sons where in high school, which affected Biff’s plans for the future. When he catches his dad and the woman on a hotel room, Biff dreams of going to college banishes.
Willy is especially unjust to his wife. He dishonors her and disrespects her every time she tries to help or makes him feel useful. When Linda tells him that she ought American cheese to surprise him, he replies with a childish respond. “I don’t want a change! I want Swiss cheese. Why am I always being contradicted?” Willy is a coward that takes all his anger from his issues at work on Linda, shattering her respect and love for him by the end of the play. He is rude to his family and friends. Miller illustrates this behavior with phrases such as “Don’t interrupt me! Would you let me talk?”
Salesman, Willy Loman is selfish and inconsiderate. As his wife struggles with Willy’s failures; he attempts to kill himself several times throughout the book. He lies to his family and himself and on the process he eventually succeeds on killing himself. At his funeral, his wife wonders why none of his supposedly friends came. “But where are the people he knew?” She doesn’t feel as much in love with him anymore and she can’t even cry for him. Willy Loman didn’t know how to enjoy life and value what was really important, his family.