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Death of a Salesman. Willy constantly laments about how things had changed from the time they built the house to now, when things have become completely modern/urban. Hypothesis: The actual physical changes that take place in the environment and the surr

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Book: Death of a Salesman Topic: Willy constantly laments about how things had changed from the time they built the house to now, when things have become completely modern/urban. Hypothesis: The actual physical changes that take place in the environment and the surroundings are synonymous of the changes that take place in the Loman family. 1) Social changes a) During the World War II era b) Willy's family used to be a happy family filled with joy whereas now the whole family split and has many problems. Biff and Willy do not get along, this is due to many factors but the most is that Willy had a relationship with another woman in Boston, hiding it from his mother. Before, Willy had a strong relationship with his sons, where they always believed in his views and thought that he was a very successful person. 2) Economical changes a) During the time of the Great Depression b) Before, Willy used to be a good salesman who could afford to buy a house in the countryside where it was free of pollution, although he did use a large loan, whereas now it is quite the opposite. He still didn't repay all of his loans. He has to constantly take money from his good friend Charlie every week. He got fired from his job and has failed to give his family a good future. Both Biff and Happy do not have steady jobs. 3) ...read more.


He believes that Biff has become an unknown person in life, completely opposite to his dream of his older son becoming a successful salesman. He believes that his younger son Happy is also not successful. He knows that his son does have a job and a decent flat to live in but that will get him nowhere very fast. He needs to develop a strong career for him to become a very successful person. When his mind comes to Linda, his guilty conscience about the affair he has had earlier still is intact with him as every day goes by, he feels more guilty about the incident. Due to this, he tries to keep her as happy as possible, but due to the financial problems, life is just becoming harder and harder everyday for old Willy Loman. In the end, when Willy first bought the house, it was in a very beautiful area. Slowly, the area became worse and worse whereas now it is in a very busy center filled with lots of pollution. This has the same effect on the family. Before the family was a peaceful family with two young sons all trying to become the most they can be. Now, over time, the family has gradually fallen apart. The sons are in their 30s without a stable job. Willy is trying is hardest to pay off all the debts they are in but is still taking loans from his best friend Charlie every week. ...read more.


Because Oliver didn't even recognize Biff, he had an urge to just go into his office and just take what he could to satisfy and calm himself. Biff cannot tell his father what happened with Bill Oliver because he doesn't want to disappoint him. He knows that his decision to meet Bill made Willy extremely happy, and he was ashamed as Bill Oliver wasn't even able to give him a job, yet recognize him. And even when he had tried to tell Willy any bad news, Willy would jump to conclusions and wouldn't give him the proper chance or time to let Biff explain himself. Willy wants to take the easy shortcuts to everything and has influenced his sons to do the same. Because of this, both Biff and Happy do not realize how hard each of them must work for them to become successful and therefore although both are in their 30s and their peak years probably have been over, they are still struggling for a stable job. Willy in the end does commit suicide, but he only does this for the welfare of his family. He has life insurance and his family will receive a great amount of money if he dies. In the end at his funeral, no one shows up for his funeral, although he has reputated himself to be a very popular man among everyone. All these effects show the deterioration of his family from before when the house was surrounded by a beautiful countryside to now where there is lots of pollution around the whole area. ?? ?? ?? ?? ...read more.

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