Death of a Salesman Essay

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Willy Loman, a character in the book, “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, is a middle-class man who, like any other American wants to be successful. He has to deal with a lot of setbacks in his journey. He, like everyone, has both good and bad personality traits. The way Willy Loman sees himself, as well as the way others see him changes throughout the story. One of the key themes in “Death of a Salesman” is the success. Many believe that success is about being wealthy. People say that with money comes happiness. Success is defined as the accomplishment of something that was desired. (Dictionary.com) To summarize, it is about being content, and having pride and security about you. Nevertheless, true success comes from the heart, reaching it takes hard work and grit. In “Death of a Salesman”, the characters that are successful are Dave Singleman, Ben and Bernard. Willy idolizes Dave Singleman's death because to Willy, being well known and well mourned is evidence of a successful life. To Willy, a grand, well-attended funeral is the greatest achievement a person can have. Basically, he seems more concerned about what people think of what he does than what he actually achieves himself: Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people? Do you know? When he died—and by the way he died the death of a salesman, in his in his green velvet slippers in the smoker of New York, New Haven and Hartford, going into Boston—when he died, hundreds of salesmen and buyers were at his funeral. Things were sad on a lot of trains for months after that. (DOAS 81). At the start of the book, Willy sees himself as being prosperous and amicable. This is partly because he is trying to keep a positive image for the sake

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