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Death Of A Salesman

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Introduction

Death Of A Salesman The Death of a Salesman is a tragedy, which I have studied with the intention of this essay. Willy Loman is the main character of the play; he has always believed America to be a country where anyone with ambition and energy can succeed. Despite this, he fails in what he sets out to do! For the purpose of this essay I am going to explain why he has failed to be successful and what his ambitions were. Willy's ambition was to be successful and well known as a salesman but as he gets older people begin to laugh at him and his attempts, he loses all his energy to carry on. Willy Loman was a salesman all his life. He travelled everywhere to try and support his wife and two sons. Throughout the play Willy cannot distinguish between reality and illusion. This is a major theme and source of conflict in the play. Willy cannot see who he and his sons really are. ...read more.

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feels that the money his family will claim because of his death will help them in the way he could never mange to achieve. ' After all the highways, and trains, and the years, You end up worth more dead then alive' Charlie, Willy's friend and neighbour, always tries to bring him back to reality by telling him things like, ' A man isn't worth anything dead' Willy is also unable to accept change. He says, ' How can they whip cheese' and ' in a race With the junkyard' The American dream offers the chance of riches even to those who starts with nothing, Ben, Willy deceased brother, represent this to Willy, ' There was a man who started with the clothes on his back and ended up with diamond mines' Willy 'Why boys, when I was seventeen, I walked into the jungle and when I was twenty-one I walked out, and by god I was rich' Ben said to Willy's sons Biff and Happy. The diamonds symbolise success and the forest or the woods are symbolic for life. ...read more.

Conclusion

Willy thought that the answer to Biff and Happy's dreams was money, he heard them talk about setting up a business for themselves, but they hadn't enough money to start it off, during the story, Biff even try's to get loan from someone he once worked for, everyone in the family thought that he would get it, as he was well liked but the man didn't even remember him and gave him no chance to even ask. Willy thought that this death might help them on their way to be well liked and successful. In my opinion the story, is a complex one and deals with different emotions, Arthur Miller shown the point of view of each member of the family through different scenes of the story. Arthur Miller also shows how dreams can damage a person's life and hope. Willy is a very determined man who is bewildered at his lack of success; he hides behind lies and pretence to disguise the fact to, himself and others that he has failed. Information sources: www.deathofasalesman.com www.ArthurMiller.co.uk www.englishhelp.com www.gcsebitesize.com ?? ?? ?? ?? Samantha Sherwood Page 3 ...read more.

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