Essay on Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

1036 Words Feb 9th, 2016 5 Pages
Throughout history, the definition of “family” has grown and evolved to fit the needs of the time. Whether this include aunts, uncles, cousins, grandparents, or simply spouses, each arrangements produces its own benefits as well as challenges. In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the Loman family fits the mold of a “nuclear family,” defined by the Merriam-Webster dictionary as “a family group that consists only of father, mother, and children” (“Nuclear Family”). However, certain connotations and images follow this title, such as a white picket fence, the father as a breadwinner, football-star children, submissive wife, solid income, etc. Lomans wished and ultimately failed to create all of these notions, leading to the inefficiencies and sadness they faced daily. On the contrary to their failure, family dynamics have shifted over the years to allow greater equality between the man and woman of the relationship, permitting advantages that could have greatly assisted the Loman family and prevented Willy from his work-induced downfall.Perhaps if Willy hadn’t been so prideful and backwards in his view of family and manliness, he would have survived, his kids thrived, and his wife not in mourning. Modern families must view this play from the angle of prevention, for the Lomans did not provide the necessary means of survival in their situation.
Now more than ever, equality becomes progressively more prevalent in our society, whether than be on a paycheck or in the…

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