Essay on Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

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Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman explains a tragedy of failing to transform the idea of self-worth into reality. With the story revolving around the Loman family’s patriarch, Willy, the audience gets a thorough understanding of how his desire for success leads to his demise. Miller has Willy Loman representing the average man, or a “low man,” struggling to survive in America’s world of capitalism. These desires for success give Willy a dream to aim for and a purpose to live. His definition of success includes holding his dignity, obtaining monetary wealth (the American Dream), and becoming well-liked among his acquaintances. The inability to accomplish any of his separate values leads to Willy’s mental deterioration and demand for his first son, Biff, to attempt to takeover Willy’s values. Willy’s sanity goes so far off of reality that reality becomes less clear to the reader on what events actually occur and what takes place in Willy 's illusions. Going with what Ardolino’s statement says, “Much of the play takes place in the psychological construct which Willy creates.” Everyone creates his or her own psychological constructs to make life worth living. When Willy’s suicide exemplifies him giving up on his own ability to accomplish his dreams, Miller’s point comes across that a person’s values gives an individual a meaning to life.
Willy Loman’s value for dignity begins from the very first parts of the Death of a Salesman. Going back to the topic of his occupation,…

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