Love In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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“Love could lead us to Death” Love is an emotion, some might call it an action but no matter what we call it or how we categorize it, love is imperative to everyday existence. There are so many degrees of love and various ways to show it. Self-love is most important, showing the love of self-first demonstrates the ability to prioritize and therefore opening up a world of emotional freedom. In the play, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller reveals that love is very important to human development since it is necessary to thrive but also that love without personal fulfillment cannot …show more content…
Willy seemed to love Biff unconditional and allowed that relationship to influence his life in a significant way. From the beginning Willy seems to place a large amount of pressure and Biff to be exceptional in all that he did while overlooking the troubled behaviors that Biff consistently displayed. While Mr. Loman encouraged his son to exceed in the world of sports, there was little to no emphasis placed on academics and because of that Biff eventually failed out of school. Biff spent his youth stealing and displaying rebellious behaviors to seemingly prove to his family that he did not wish to conform. Willy seemed to approve of the behavior when he bragged to his friend Charlie, “You should have seen the lumbar they brought in last week, worth all kinds of money (Miller, 35)”. The boys were stealing this lumbar from a nearby building. Willie bragged, “I got a couple of fearless characters there (Miller, 35”. This conduct followed him onto adulthood and ultimately caused a strain on the bond between the two. The love among the two men seemed to experience some extreme highs and lows which places in in the category of mania love. Willy put so much hope into the success of Biff, that when he wasn’t as successful as he had hoped that he began to resent him. Although Biff loved his father, in the play they discovered that he lost a portion of his hope and future when …show more content…
He loved his family, job, home and friends but he lacked the required love that was necessary to sustain his life. Willy failed to love himself with the same type of emotion. He allowed his very existence to be tied into his career and once his career ended he felt as if he had no real reason to live. Willie Loman finally committed suicide despite the amount of love that his family shared from him it was not enough to save his life. In all of his hard work and dedication to his job and family, Willie forgot about himself. Love is a necessary part of life but it cannot sustain your life if you do not love

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