Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman Essay

1217 Words Apr 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Many people often blame capitalism for their failures, since capitalism often favors those who have the capital to invest and profit. Although there are factors that are beyond the control of a single person, the flaw of the character does, in fact, control other aspects, which can lead to failure. Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, is a tragedy that centers around Willy Loman. Willy is a salesman, who reminisces and dreams about being rich while relying on his son Biff to achieve his dream. However, these traits that are shown throughout the play are the character flaws of Willy, who ends up committing suicide in order to claim life insurance money for his family. Miller’s essay, “Tragedy and the Common Man” shows that Miller does indeed believe that Death of a Salesman was a tragedy portrayed around Willy. On the other hand, David Wright’s article “Arthur Miller, an American playwright” claims that due to Miller’s communist sympathy, the book is really a weak critique of capitalism. Thus, Miller emphasizes that character flaws are the better reason for the fall of Willy, than capitalism.
Willy’s constant reminiscence of the past shows his unwillingness to move on from his dreams, actions and regret, which makes him stubborn. Throughout the story, Willy is constantly being reminded of past events through flashbacks of his brother Ben. He admires Ben because he became rich really quickly. This is shown when in a flashback, Ben says “Why, boys, when I was seventeen I…

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