The Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Essay

1894 Words Oct 4th, 2015 8 Pages
“People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they’re all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error” (Florence King). The Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller is a play; set in the late 1940’s, surrounding the tormenting life of the salesman, Willy Loman, who faces disappointment, abandonment and the anticipation of the American Dream. His only real friend is Charley, who owns a successful business and has a successful son. Their friendship reveals important traits of each other vital to major plot points in the play. In the Death of a Salesman, Charley’s realistic portrayal highlights Willy’s delusions. Charley’s role emphasizes Willy’s delusion of himself, delusion of fatherhood, and delusion of success.
Though others can describe Willy Loman as an arrogant and angry person, his profession leads to him not being able to figure out who he is. In thirty-four years of working the profession of a salesman, Willy “never finds out who he is. He believes that the image he sees reflected in the eyes of those before whom he performs is real” (Miller xxv). Working as a salesman creates a completely different persona than who he really is. Willy is a very vulnerable and emotional person due to his father leaving him as a child and his brother, Ben’s death. Being a salesman required Willy to put on an act, to pretend to be happy and confident, in order to make good sales.…

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