Flaw In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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The reminiscing downfall of the insecure salesman and his misguided perception of success leads him to fail within the success driven environment that he is to be surrounded in. Within the play of “ death of a salesman” written by Arthur Miller the author asserts the main character Willy Loman main flaw being insecurity demonstrated in his boastful behavior claiming he is rather a “vital” necessity in New England. As well as he self praises himself in boasting that he indeed has expanded the company's territory when in reality he isn't a good salesman. Willy rather puts on a facade to cover his flaw with ego and pride. Willy deludes himself into believing that his sons future will be indeed highly successful.Having the thought of …show more content…
Willy constantly persuaded Linda that the money he makes weekly claims to be through the sales he's made. Although Charley lends Willy money to pay for his living expenses as well as offers him a solid job. Although with Willys ego and pride he obliges and believes Charley has taken pity for him. Willy tends to boost his own ego by sleeping with mistresses while attending business trips. Biff having caught him in the act, when he traveled upstate while on the search for his father to have him persuade Mr. Burnbum his math teacher to pass him. Willy denies cheating on his wife and loses his sons trust and believes he is the main reason why he failed his …show more content…
Willy sought a way he believed would rather be favorable while conversing with his brother Ben in one of hallucinations. Regarding Biff in collecting his life insurance policy money to be used for business after acting on self murder. He attempted to drive of the road several times as well as have the insurance women claim they weren't indeed accidents. Willy also tried to gas himself through a led pipe inhaling the rather foreign gas. Having finally acted on suicide by driving to his death. Biff become to resent his father and become to realization of his life being a complete lie. In the end no insurance money was to be collected and his death was rather sorrowful for he died believing the money was to be used towards his favored son. Within the play of “Death of a Salesman”, Arthur Miller makes the reader such as myself realize things that, “we people” do to the most to be “well liked”, such as lying to avoid the truth, believing that we are not as good as we are without being dishonest. For many are rather shallow and insecure and value highly what others think as “failures”. With our egos and prides we happen to be in denial and contradict the fact that our decisions are based on insecurities to how we carry ourselves to be viewed by others in the

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