The Theme Of Death In Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman'

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Willy’s death is avoidable. He fills himself with imaginary thoughts that are distinctively different from the world of realities. He lives in a wishful world rather than focusing on the present situations. This is illustrated by his desire to give in to the pressures of modern America, characterized by material things such as new appliances. Willy’s proud and selfish nature largely contributed to his ultimate death as well, as he cannot accept his failures. He further ends up betraying his son’s dreams because of his obsession with success, highlighted by his need to dictate the career paths they should take to be well off. All these points to the aforementioned statement; that Willy’s death is avoidable, that his suicide cannot be attributed …show more content…
Willie completely loses his mind with the desire to see his sons’ affluence. In addition, he wants his son Biff to seek an office job in a town firm, but he declines since that is not where his passion is. He prefers to undertake manual work. Furthermore, both Happy and Biff show commitment to their dreams by abandoning their father at a restaurant following his outburst. Despite the fact that Willy did not like his traveling job as a salesman, he continued to pursue it knowing that he was a rather hands-on man. Willy tells Howard that “And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. Because what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eight-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved by so many different people” (Miller 75). This led him to live unhappily and miserably. This shows his thirst for living the American dream, as he is willing to pursue any job as long as it is perceived to be more modernized and with high returns. Similarly, Willie betrays his spouse in his quest for a luxurious life. He ends up seeking a mistress, “The Woman,” despite his wife’s unwavering love for him (Miller 102). As a result, he builds up so much vengeance, regret, and guilt within him that he commits

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