Willy Loman's Fear Of Abandonment In Death Of A Salesman

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Schellpfeffer 1
Ryan Schellpfeffer
Mr. Pardee
English 11
10 May, 2016
Abandonment in Death of a Salesman In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, one of the main characters named Willy lives in deep fear of abandonment in his life. Willy wants his family to embrace and practice the ideas of the “American Dream” because that is how he wants to live his life. Still, however he is fearful that his family might get up and leave him out of disgrace or non acceptance. As Willy’s father and brother both left him early on, he feels that he needs to not only be there for his children, but also send them on the right way in life. He does this by wanting them to live his American Dream with him. Another element that could also be a reason
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Willy thirsts for approval and he is satisfied when he gets it from others, so it makes sense that one of his worst fears is being abandoned. The deep fear of abandonment that Willy struggles with both makes him want to raise his kids the “right” way, and to also conform his life into living the “American Dream”. Willy Loman is a very “normal” American citizen who lives in the mid twentieth century. Having a wife and two boys, he strives to raise his household to be strong and
Schellpfeffer 2 successful in the ways they conduct themselves. While doing this however, he always has a sense in him that pushes him to not act like his brother and father, for they abandoned him at a young age. This killed him inside, to the point where he was very self-conscious. Willy wanted his children to grow up knowing his father’s adoration and love for them both. As time goes
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The American Dream is a term used for major financial success in one’s life, which helps them to live lavishly, the way many Americans wish to live. Being left behind by his father and brother takes a huge toll on Willy personally, and it affects him greatly throughout his life. When he has his own family, Willy hopes to not let his two boys down as his father and brother did to him, so he aspires to live the American Dream. He hopes that this will bring financial success and family security to his wife and children, however he does almost the opposite. As Willy does not make much money, he still longs to live like a worthy American, and in his quest to do this he accidentally ignores the love and adoration his family gives him. He tries very hard; however, to get his children to look at what he is trying to do and appreciate the life he is trying to live by. He tells them that “America is full of beautiful towns and fine, upstanding people. And they know [him] up and down New England. The finest people. And when [he] brings [Biff and Happy]

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