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Death of a Salesman

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Introduction

Death of a Salesman From the outset death of a salesman portrays the pitfalls of the American dream. The dream centred on the high chance that anyone can strike it rich in this Land of opportunity. Even in 1950s USA people were still taking a chance on this myth. Death of a Salesman shows the traps of the dream. The failures centred on poor Willy Loman This fine line between making it and become your average Joe becomes heavily apparent when Willy decides he has had enough and kills himself. Willy begins to believe that [In a thick American accent] "No man needs a little salary." ...read more.

Middle

They can no longer just roll up with a big smile and sell their good. Being known like Willy was just aint cutting it any more. Dave Singleman had pioneered the traditional salesman. One who could sell over the phone in any state? When Willy dies this breed of gentleman passes. Sadly, Willy never realises the coming news. As a result he drifts slowly into obscurity throughout the play. Willy experiences the problems because of his debts. His perspective of his possessions goes down hill. His Chevy and then later he owns a studebaker which at one point he is full of praise for, when as soon as the car needs work doing he curses it and disowns it. ...read more.

Conclusion

I think this could again be linked to the issue of the American world, judging people on their wealth. Yanks just aren't going to give a poor salesman the respect the give to a highly paid executive. With all these issues Willy decides to call it a day. He decides he is more use to his sons and the world by killing himself and in effect cashing in his life insurance, so that when " the mail comes he'll be ahead of Bernard again" This statement indicates the love Willy has for his family as well as his jealousy of his more respected wealthy neighbours son. In conclusion the book does confirm the death of the salesman, but its shows that love for ones family is ever stronger. ...read more.

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