The Great Depression In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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During the Great Depression many people were unemployed especially the lower middle class. "The Wall Street crash that took place in October of 1929 sparked a world-wide economic disaster that would linger for ten years (give or take). The national suicide rate, which previously averaged 12.1 per 100,000 people in the decades prior to the Depression, jumped to an alarming 18.9 during the economic slump. The suicide rate remained higher than normal throughout the remainder of the Great Depression and was then drastically reduced when World War II began in Europe." In Death of a Salesman by, it tells the story about an old salesman who is always driving 500 miles or more, without making a single sale. Willy 's life describes the average working class man just meeting ends meet to survive. In the movie …show more content…
Willy also seem to be a compulsive liar. He will say something like, be serious when you walk into an interview, but then switch it up and say crack a joke or two. So Willy can 't make up his mind, another reason why he is losing his mind. Willy doesn 't like to know not only how is life is turning out, but how both of his sons turned out as well. Willy idolizes one son more than the other, but he still thinks that both of them are bums. "How can he find himself on a farm? Is that a life? A farmhand? In the beginning, when he was young, I thought, well, a young man, it’s good for him to tramp around, take a lot of different jobs. But it’s more than ten years now and he has yet to make thirty-five dollars a week!" "He’s finding himself," said Linda, "Not finding yourself at the age of thirty-four is a disgrace!"(Act 1). This shows how Willy feels about who is son is. Always showing dissatisfaction towards his choices, but will has no room to talk because he works hard too and cannot make a single sale. Willy doesn 't understand that money cannot by happiness, but should he really tell his sons how to be happy? Personally no, because if a man

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