Death of a Salesman (Willy Loman Characteristics)

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Adrian Fernandez
Profesor De falla
English 1102
3 November 2014
The Delusions of Willy Loman "Biff Loman is lost. In the greatest country in the world a young man with such—personal attractiveness, gets lost. And such a hard worker. There’s one thing about Biff— he’s not lazy." In "Death of a salesman" by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman plays a character with characteristics that haunt people of modern America. His delusions fused with his superficial views of life is a concoction for the downfall of himself, and his sons Biff, and Happy. Willy Loman is delusional about how to be successful, and how to live a successful life. Willy displays his delusions in many ways, for example: personal attractiveness and charisma outweigh hard work and dedication. Bernard reveals to Willy that Biff is going to fail his class if he doesn't "Buckle down" and begin to study, to Bernard's astonishment and dismay, Willy responds by saying to Linda: "There’s nothing the matter with him! You want him to be a worm like Bernard? He’s got spirit, personality." This mind state is the reason why Biff fails his class, and does not get into College. Willy's delusion don't end there, he conceives this illusion of a long lost brother who becomes rich and famous, Ben. Ben's main mantra was "when I was seventeen I walked into the jungle and when I was twenty-one I walked out. and by God I was rich!" Willy believes success to be that easy, and he bases his views on the life of a character thats does not exist. Willy displays another fatal flaw, he is a liar to his family. Willy has an affair with a woman and even gives her the stockings that he bought for his wife Linda. This could be the reason for why Happy believes success is being with as many women as possible, and is also the destruction of any trust Biff had for Willy. Willy Loman displays many
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