Willy Loman Essay

1067 words - 5 pages

Willy Loman
When one thinks of Willy Loman, victim is the last word that comes to mind. His character flaws make him responsible for his own misfortune. He has never taken responsibility for any of the disgraces in his life and has constantly blamed everyone, for not being able to live the life he feels he deserves. Some people are able to curb unrealistic expectations into something that is more tangible for them, while others such as Willy are not. Normally a salesman is someone who is able to accept their flaws and learn ways to improve, because this is how they make their living. Because Willy Loman never fully accepts his flaws, he has no way of progressing in life. He has reached the ...view middle of the document...

Charley has extended this offer several times, and Willy continuously declines. One would think he would accept the offer once he is fired, but this does not change Willy’s mind. “I can’t work for you, that’s all, don’t ask why” (Miller 903). Willy would rather borrow money and lie to his wife about his income rather than make an honest living by working for a friend.
It’s also possible that Willy’s pride is partially to blame for his resentment towards his oldest son. Biff is everything that he wished he could be, because he has the gall to do what it is he loves to do. Willy too wanted to work with his hands and from what the reader is told he was good at it. But because this is not society’s view of success Willy believes this not acceptable. “How can he find himself on a farm? Is that a life? A farmhand?” (Miller 859). When his brother Ben first proposed that Willy goes to work in timberland with his boys, he was ecstatic. The thought of being outside and making a living for his family make him beyond proud. “God, timberland! Me and my boys in those grand outdoors!” (Miller 895). Once Linda voiced her opinion about the good job he has as a salesman, Willy quickly changed his mind. This is a decision he regrets until he dies.
In addition to being prideful, Willy was also delusional. To dispute the fact that staying in New York to work is a good idea, Willy believes that he is a vital asset in New England. He tells his wife this story but it is a complete contradiction to the fact that he borrows money from Charley every week because he does not earn any commission. “They don’t need me in New York. I’m the New England man. I’m vital in New England” (Miller 858). He is not only delusional when it when it concerns himself, but his delusions fall upon everyone and everything around him. The reader hears more than...

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