Deception Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Essay

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Deception of a Salesman In Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, the Lomans are all unsatisfied with what their lives have become. They deceive themselves as a means to escape the constant reminders of their failures. By the end of the play, and unfortunately hours before Willy’s suicide, Biff is the only one in the family who becomes self-aware. Willy Loman is by far the most self-deceiving character in the family. He is Linda’s husband and the father of Biff and Happy. He has made poor decisions throughout his life, and is now paying for them as a sixty three year old man who is not yet retired and does not have enough money to pay his bills. Willy suffers from flashbacks during great times of stress and anxiety. These flashbacks usually consist of memories of Biff and Happy in high school and his brother, Ben. He uses the flashbacks as a means to escape the reminders of his failures in his life.
All of Willy’s failures started with his misconception that it is more important to be popular than to work hard. He would tell his boys, “Be liked and you will never want” (Miller 33). By believing this type of statement and by raising his sons in such a way, he deceived them of the reality that working hard and having a good work ethic is much more important than being “well-liked.” In one scene, will claims that, “they know me, boys, they know me up and down in New England. The finest people. And when I bring you fellas up, there’ll be open sesame for all of us, ‘cause…

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