Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Essay

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The Gravedigger
There are many traits that separate an idealist from a fantasizer. In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Miller writes a modern tragedy that revolves around a washed up salesman by the name of Willy Loman. Willy Loman is a hysterical man who constantly lost his grip on reality by revisiting old memories of his past and entangling them with the present. Willy’s unhealthy state of mind was never met with opposition as his beloved wife Linda Loman failed to intervene with Willy’s demoralizing behavior. Linda’s obliviousness toward Willy’s health and her overabundance of support toward her husband’s acute dreams unintentionally guided him to an early grave. Linda Loman was only acting as a “good wife” because in the 1940’s women were restricted from speaking out against their husband’s dreams as “a wife was a good wife only if she carried out her man’s every order and agreed with him on everything”. (Roobix Coob) Therefore, Linda Loman is the classic enabler of the Loman family, fostering unrealistic dreams, and refusing to accept the apparent declining mental state of her husband, Willy Loman. In the opening scene of the play Willy unexpectedly arrives home early from a business trip because he can no longer drive. Linda is aware of her husband’s early arrival and begins to ask why he is home. After Willy and Linda go through every possible excuse there is as to why Willy cannot drive, Willy uncharacteristically admits there is a problem,…

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