Failure In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Suffering from a failure is a significant turning point in an individual’s lifetime. However, escaping from a failure does not solve the problem fundamentally, but it is pawning off the responsibility onto others who are remaining. It is in this scenario that Arthur Miller explores in the play Death of a Salesman. In the play, the title character, Willy, a prideful man, who was successful as a salesman and a head of the household faces a failure of getting fired and raising independant sons. Consequently, he feels useless, thus suicides himself. Through the character of Willy, Arthur Miller shows that when a prideful individual who is living in the successful past faces a failure, he will feel useless. As a result, he will attempt to escape …show more content…
Willy faces his failure when he is having a conversation with Howard after getting fired that he wants to work for the company again, he admits that he is out of money by saying “now, I can’t pay my insurance”(61); this shows that he knows he is financially failing down to the part where he can not pay his insurance which is an essential payment to live. In addition, Willy facing his failing statue is shown through the response “I was just fired”(75) when Charley asks him whether he needs help or not right after he refuses Charley’s job offer. This speech of Willy’s economic failure is significant because he is admitting his failure and asking for help to Charley, who he did not want to share his embarrassing failing situation. Moreover, Willy facing a failure shows when Linda, his wife, tells him to require money in advance because they have a payment for the refrigerator which was bought in the past, he replies with his desire of “[Willy] would like to own something outright before it’s broken”(54). This quote shows Willy’s wish on basic things which is only possible after when an individual admits he has no ability to afford basic things which is an example of a failure. Furthermore, Willy failing to raise a successful son is shown in the scene when Willy hears from Linda right after from his work that Biff, his eldest son, “[...]is still finding himself”(5). Finding one’s self in an age of thirty-four proves …show more content…
As a result, he will attempt to escape from the situation. In the play, the title character, Willy, a prideful man, who was successful as a salesman and a head of the household, lives in his past. Therefore, when he faces a failure of getting fired and raising independant sons, he feels useless, thus suicides himself. It is this plot that Arthur Miller explores in the play Death of a Salesman. However, escaping from a failure does not solve the problem fundamentally, but it is pawning off the responsibility onto others who are remaining. Considering this idea, suffering from a failure is a significant turning point in an individual’s

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