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Death of a Salesman – Is Willy Loman’s tragedy due more to his own flawed character than to society’s flaws?

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Death of a Salesman - Is Willy Loman's tragedy due more to his own flawed character than to society's flaws? Advancements in science throughout this century have led to tremendous advancements in industry. Advancements in industry, however, have not always led to advancements in living. For some, society has created mass wealth. For most mass society has created a standard of living unparalled throughout histort. For Willy Loman, however, mass society has created only tremendous greif and hardship, agravated by the endless promise. For these reasons, his tragidy is due more to societies flaws than to the flaws in his own character. Willy Loman was host to many flaws and deficiencies ranging form suicidal tendencies to phychotic disorders. ...read more.


Sometimes, this can drive man to great things, sometimes it can drive a man to ruin. Willy was driven to the latter. (Not his own greed for he was a simple man with simple dreams, but by the greed of others.) The developers who took away the sun and gave birth to shadows, his boss who reduced him to commission and his sons which reduced him to a failure. The next largest flaw in society is a lack of compassion. This could be as a result of almost overwhelming greed, the main culprit being big business. "I'm always in a race with the junkyard! I just finished paying for the car and it's on it last legs. ...read more.


A net which identifies people in trouble and seeks to remedy their situations. A body identifies people who are a danger to themselves and others and treats or sedates them. Couple this with a pension plan and medical care, and Willy Loman might not have met his premature end. He would have had no reason thanklessly for a company, in a capicity that was "killing" him. Instead, he could have received psychiatric help and recovered from his condition. It was the direct result of the flaws in society which led Willy to his undoing. It was the greed that was ever-pervasive around him that led to his unhappieness. It was the lack of compassion from society which allowed his unhappieness to flourish and which eventually consumed him. In the end, it was the lack of a social safety net which failed to save him from himself. ...read more.

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