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Character study of Willy Loman.

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Introduction

Willy Loman is a very unique character, he is pathetic and a modern tragic hero. I think the problem comes mainly from his excessive daydreaming, and his view of the American Dream, which is to succeed in life by being attractive and well liked by society. He spent most of his life pursing a dream but failed. His determination and dedication in pursing something that failed greatly affected his family members. Through Willy's actions, he affected the future of Biff and Happy by straying them in the wrong directions. Willy and Biff always fight and argue due to Biff not living up to Willy's expectations and also having yet to make anything out of himself. Happy and Biff try to help Willy, but every attempt always results in an argument. He believes he is well liked and popular but in reality nobody likes him and for that he is a small man. The interactions between Willy, Linda, Biff and Happy are usually never happy or normal. They always fight and argue with each other. ...read more.

Middle

He is a very selfish person and ignored reality. He tried to make things better than they were which the opinions he choose which led to his destruction. Willy talks to himself a lot throughout the play; he daydreams about being successful and well liked at the end by creating a false image. In reality, he is unsuccessful and nobody likes him. "Linda: Why didn't anybody come? Charley: It was a very nice funeral Linda: But where are all the people he knew? Maybe they blame him" (Requiem) Nobody even went to his funeral because they don't know Willy anymore despite working for the Wagner firm for 34 years. Willy is jealous of Charlie's success, every week he would find himself asking Charley for money. Willy thinks he is a much better man than Charley, but in fact he is just jealous that he is living a better life than he is. Even when Charley is nice enough to lend Willy money, he still gets mad at the smallest comments that Charley makes, like offering him a job. ...read more.

Conclusion

Willy Loman is truly a "low man", he has a very low self-esteem, in my opinion his goals are great only if he becomes a reality but what he doesn't realize, is that there would be devastation if he doesn't succeed. He was the main motivator of the family being dysfunctional. Linda is angry that Happy and Biff doesn't respect Willy and shows no worries for his actions and behaviour. Biff doesn't respect Willy anymore because of the constant pressure he puts on him, and also because of an affair he has with another women. I personally don't think that Willy is a crazy and inane man, but I certainly don't think that he is normal either. Willy Loman is just a confused man that took his goals one step to far, and by the time he realized it, it was too late. He believed that life is worth nothing anymore. I believed that he tried to make his goals worth something instead of nothing by killing himself, so that the insurance money would go to his family and some how help them. Therefore Willy Loman goals and dreams ultimately led to his destruction. ...read more.

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