Essay on Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a story which portrays varying ideas of success by numerous characters. It centers around Willy Loman and his ideas of success in relation to his personal life as well as his son Biff’s life. Through the characters Miller shows how material success may not always be the same as being happy with one’s life and touches upon his definition of success while also leaving up to the reader as to which they prefer to define as their definition of success.

Throughout Death of a Salesman many characters think about the idea of success and how it affects their life. One of these characters is Biff, who never settled down into the life his father felt was best for him. Biff’s idea of success varies throughout the story by at first having success being the idea of ignoring what he felt was the right choice for him as seen when he says, “. . .it’s a measly manner of existence. . .when all you really desire is to be outdoors, with your shirt off. . . And still — that’s how you build a future,” (Miller 12). He categorizes his idea of happiness based off the idea of getting somewhere in life and Biff believes in order to be successful he must forget his true desires. Willy’s definition of success was to become similar to Dave Singleman, who he had admired a great deal, and his definition is pinpointed from when he talked about how knowing a great deal of people was a sign of living a full life, “‘Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able…

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