Essay The Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

1318 Words Apr 30th, 2016 6 Pages
Most people use sarcasm on a day to day basis. These people usually use sarcasm to portray something that is obvious or to seem funny. However, what they do not realize is that sarcasm is a simpler form of lying. Lying is just one of the themes in the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Miller demonstrates this by how Willy lies in order to appear that he is successful, that he is adored by many, and about his oldest child`s accomplishments. In these ways, Miller uses Willy to illustrate how people lie in order to make themselves look better than they actually are.
Miller uses Will`s lies about his success to portray how most people lie to make themselves look better. For instance, Willy lies about his success to his wife, Linda. For example, when Willy comes home he tells Linda that he "did five hundred gross in Providence and seven hundred gross in Boston [then says he] did-about a hundred and eighty [then claims] it came to. . . two hundred" demonstrating how hard he tries to cover himself when he lies (Miller 35). Willy does this because he needs to seem successful but can only stretch his money so far. In the building he works at Willy askes "if [Charley] can manage [giving Willy] a hundred and ten dollars" demonstrating that Willy is so unsuccessful that he has to ask his neighbor and friend, Charley, for money every week (Miller 96). Willy has to do this because, unlike Charley, Willy is unsuccessful. This unsuccessfulness is present when "Willy . . .…

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