Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Essay

1011 Words Sep 22nd, 2016 5 Pages
In Arthur Miller 's Death of a Salesman, his main character, Willy Loman is filled with insecurity and doubt especially when it comes to his family. Willy is constantly worrying about his inadequacy and becomes preoccupied with leaving a legacy for his sons when he dies. Ironically, Willy finally finds some success, not as a salesman, but by laboring with his hands. The emphasis on planting for the future, growth, success and beauty mirrors Willy’s desire to be successful and to have his sons’ futures be as bountiful as the seeds he is planting. As he believes the only way to be successful is to follow societal norms, it is in fact those very norms that are keeping him from reaching his full potential and leaving some kind of lasting legacy for his sons. Willy’s identity is wrapped up in the pursuit of his two sons’ success in life as a way of validating his own career and somehow trying to make up for his own failure to succeed at the American dream.
Willy Loman simply has the wrong dream for his future. Willy is caught up in a dream to be a salesman and wants to be in the business world. Willy Loman has been a salesman for his entire adult life. He constantly travels to sell his goods in New England and elsewhere. Willy wants to be a success in the business world, but the only issue is that he simply has the wrong dream for his future. Willy’s dream extends to his family as well. When speaking about his eldest son’s, Biff, choice of careers he is very critical of his job,…

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