Death Of A Salesman Essay

571 WordsDec 1, 20093 Pages
English 2240 November 02, 2009 Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman The author, Arthur Miller, depicts the Loman family having conflict within the family and within their own internal selves. In Act I, Willy has the conflict of unable to achieve his dream of becoming a successful, rich and influential salesman. As the story begins, Willy has returned home “tired to death” and unable to complete his trip. It seems that Willy has given up on his American dream after working for so long until that only the end is death. There were two incidents discussed where Miller has provided the end as with the sight of suicide, the car accident and the rubber hose connected to the gas water heater. He mentally has broken down and cannot break the transition between present and past realities consciously. Willy idolized his brother, Ben, and his father who traveled around selling homemade flutes and profited well. Miller introduces the flutes in the story connecting the memory of Willy’s father. Willy and his family was abandoned by his father at a young age and then later his brother left. The abandonment contributed to Willy’s desire to be well-like. Ben was the person that Willy wanted to be in life. Ben made his fortune in African diamonds and lived a life of luxury. Willy’s life consisted of struggling to make it to the top of the business, then being ignored by his younger employer for his past expertise and finally a decrease in his salary. He wanted the American dream for him and for his family. Willy thought of his father as a well known person and assumed that was the most important trait a person must have in order to be successful in society. Willy’s obsession of the American dream puts a strain on his relationship with his son, Biff. He sees Biff as the person who can make their dream happen. Biff

More about Death Of A Salesman Essay

Open Document