Death Of a Salesman Essay

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Death of a Salesman “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller is the story of a confused man who strikes up with insanity and methodically and systematically destroys his life. Throughout the story the main character, Willy Loman, slowly loses touch with reality and cannot distinguish between past memories and events that are happening in the present, blurring them together. This blurring of his personal timelines increases the severity of arguments with his sons and problems with his family, causing them to worry about him. In the beginning of “Death of a Salesman” Willy Loman’s lapses into the past happen at times when he is alone in a room and thus could only be overheard, not observed in the firsthand. But as the story progresses his “time blurring episodes” get worse and start to happen in the middle of conversations with his sons, causing them great angst and creating a greater argument. Aside from constantly arguing with and degrading his sons (mostly Biff), Willy begins to contemplate the idea that he’s worth more dead than alive. As everyone speaks against it whenever it is brought up Willy just continues to ignore their advice. In the end he seems to completely snap, voices calling to him from everywhere as he tries to shush them, and he goes off in the car to commit his dastardly deed and end his own life. Despite all the care given him by friends and family Willy Loman takes his own life in the end. Under the illusion that it is what is best for everyone Willy makes the ultimate sacrifice for his family, in his eyes

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