• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

A very important issue in Death of a Salesman that is examined is where, if anywhere, is happiness to be found

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

A very important issue in Death of a Salesman that is examined is where, if anywhere, is happiness to be found? This question is a very complex one indeed, yet there are many possible answers to this particular issue. This play shows a man seeking for happiness in many different ways, yet never satisfied. I believe that happiness can be found in honestly. Though there are many other questions that could be easily asked in regards to where happiness could be found in this play, I believe that honesty is one of the most important human character traits. Through examples of honestly, or lack there of from each Lohman family member, this character trait will be thoroughly examined in comparison with other respective answers to the question that I have proposed. Death of a Salesman shows a man seeking happiness, yet never satisfied. The end result of this unsatisfied life that main character Willy Lohman experienced was eventually death. If you the reader are thinking he experienced a pleasant and peaceful death, think again. This was not a natural death, but a death that made it all but certain that the blame would be squarely placed on no one but himself. He was deemed a coward by his own family as a result. ...read more.

Middle

When examining Death of a Salesman, the fact is that happiness as a matter of fact, is just non-existent. There are many ways that happiness could have been found through other methods or character traits such as truth. Each character in the Lohman family exercises a certain amount of untruthfulness, and this lacking character trait is only one of the many that deters the Lohman family from being happy. Willy lives in a dream-like reality, and as such he has turned his lack of accomplishing his life-long ambitions into such. Illusions are a major factor in this play, and each Lohman family member experiences it and performs along with it as well. Biff is untruthful about being a complete failure in his life not only to himself, but to the people that love him the most, his family. As far as Biff is concerned, his life practically ended when he played his last football game. He was unable to accomplish what he needed to move on and become a better person then he is. If he was honest with himself, he would have admitted to this problem, and he would have had a chance to change his life around earlier. Happy is the younger brother, and as such, he is jealous of Biff at times. ...read more.

Conclusion

If only a slight amount of love for one another was shown, Willy's life could have possibly been spared. We as human beings all look for that "secret" that Willy was seeking for, yet rarely do any of us find it. Most of us are never ultimately and completely happy in our lives. A sense of honesty with one another in the Lohman family would have given each one of them the chance to show not only happiness, but love for one another. What is unspoken will never be assured of being honest, and with honesty comes a sense of happiness in our lives with not only ourselves, but everyone around us as well. The question of "Where, if anywhere, is happiness to be found?" has been thoroughly answered using many examples from this play, as well as my own judgment. All of the answers and opinions that I have shared are very sufficient, yet the one very answer that explains the most why Willy Lohman and his family were unhappy was that happiness could have been found in Honesty. Honesty can bring a human being to experience so many different emotions such as truthfulness and love affection from the people that are closest to you. Unfortunately, at the end of this play, the death of this particular salesman was ultimately an accumulation of unhappiness, coupled with the lack of honesty, truth, money, and love that was all but inexistent. ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Capital Punishment section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Capital Punishment essays

  1. Compare and contrast the themes of death in Everyman and Morality Play

    Furthermore these companions also personify several of the abstract things that Everyman is unable to journey with. However the end of the two journeys are both similar as they reveal that God is all powerful. This is because in "Morality Play" although they solve who has been killing the boys, God has already punished the sinner with death.

  2. How important was the foundation of the Spanish Inquisition?

    It united the crowns in ?pursuit of common religious objectives?, which was probably the only thing in which the 2 kingdoms were ever joined. It was protected by the crown and papacy and had the support of the vast majority of the ?Old Christian? community.

  1. What Is Donne's attitude to death in his poems? You should base you answer ...

    Unlike the previous sonnet, here Donne has a very fearful tone of death, because he is afraid of the punishments it will bring him. He starts by questioning God, in some ways blaming God for allowing him to sin. This direct question shows his informal relationship with God.

  2. Examine at least 2 reasons for believing in life after death

    His research into the phenomenon of 'near-death experiences' demonstrated that there were common features to the experiences. Majority of those who experienced NDEs felt a rapid movement down a tunnel, with a bright light at the end, there was also a common experience of persons being able to bass through walls, as their movements were unrestricted.

  1. Too Much Love, Fame and Hatred

    Eventually the police had no choice but to release Kessiah Moran with not enough evidence to convict her of having anything to do with the death of McKendry.

  2. Why and In What Ways Did Medieval European Attitudes Towards Death Change With the ...

    Look down the boulevard and you would see it. Open your window and you would smell it. The urban churchyard unavoidably connected the living with the dead. This connection was integral to support the doctrines of the RCC. The constant reminder of death was an important way to keep the masses faithful.

  1. Which three or four characters do you think are most to blame for the ...

    Bamforth, a classic ' wind-up' merchant, soon taunts Macleish with 'Macleish is about to pull his rank! Don't it make you sick!...Sew a bit of tape on their arms and all at once they talk like someone else '. The resulting fight between Macleish and Bamforth distracts the platoon from their operational objective - to mount an effective guard.

  2. The black death.

    - about the coming in of Spring of the aforesaid year, it began in a horrible and miraculous way to show forth its dolorous effects. Yet not as it had done in the East, where if any bled at the nose, it was a manifest sign of inevitable death; nay,

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work