Internal Conflict In Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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Every person in the world sets expectations for themselves in order to achieve their dreams and aspirations. Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur Miller, focuses on Willy Loman, the main protagonist, and his inability to accept that the high expectations he set for himself and his family are unfeasible. Miller addresses that th¬e main character has in¬ternal conflict by portraying Willy Loman as a flawed character, full of pride and various insecurities. Willy Loman’s level of self-pride is one way internal conflict is created. His self-pride is initially introduced in the beginning of the play, after his wife, Linda, advises him to talk to his superiors about working in New York. To this, he replies, “They don’t need me in New …show more content…
His insecurities initially stem from when both his father abandoned and brother, Ben, abandon him at only “three years and eleven months [old]”. (1023) Because children ultimately learn from their parents, Willy believes that it is acceptable to abandon the people he loves and cares for, and as a result, abandons his family by committing suicide. Because he was abandoned by his father and brother, he lacks self confidence in being the husband and father figure to his family because he no father figure of his own to guide him through the process. As a result of his lack of self-confidence, he cheats on his wife, Linda. Before he commits suicide, he tells his sons when he meets them at a restaurant that he is “looking for a little good news to tell [their] mother, because the woman has waited and the woman has suffered”. (1059) Moreover, he refuses to see her after the argument at the restaurant. Willy repeatedly tells Biff he “[doesn’t] want to see her” despite his son’s efforts to bring him inside and help his family reconcile with one another. (1072) Willy’s desire to make his wife happy by delivering good news and willingness to avoid his wife displays his level of guilt for cheating on her. He understands that he is the cause of her sadness and suffering and inevitably feels the need to take responsibility. Additionally, Biff eventually finds out about his dad’s affair …show more content…
Instead of using their flaws as a disadvantage, a human being should instead embrace them completely and use them as an opportunity to grow and improve; because no one in this world is

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