The Concept Of Reality In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman?
A person lives for a while and then dies. Christopher Bigsby gives a great summary of Willy’s lifestyle claiming “Willy is caught in contradictions because the world fails to come into line with his desires.” These values/desires established in Death of a Salesman basically make up an incompatible fictional world to the real world for Willy. Anyone could die at any day and the death might not make much of a difference in the world. Chasing the values Willy held dear kept him alive. In fact, these values take up so much of Willy’s focus that he realizes little about his accomplishment of finding a house or forming a family with a loving wife. Robert A. Martin creates a point when analyzing Willy from the perspective of a common man. As with multiple times throughout the play, Willy realizes the ridiculousness of his perfect ideal world but his makes up his identity. Martin writes, “[I]t is evident to everyone (including Willy himself), that his long-life dream of success is flawed.” (Martin 178) Death of a Salesman provides an accurate representation of how much people hold their values and allow their dreams to propel themselves forward. Willy finally acknowledges his unobtainable dream of success with suicide. Willy’s life insurance money to his family is only what’s left to try and convince his family to accomplish his dreams. Suicide becomes the easy way out once the meaning of life is