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Arthur Miller “Death of a Salesman”

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Arthur Miller “Death of a Salesman”

Willy’s dream

Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” is a play about Willy Loman’s

life and it takes place in 1928 (in Willy’s memories) and 1948. As you

have already figured out, the main character is Willy Loman. I want to

write about his dream which is also an American dream; the dream that

Willy was living in, the vision of making big money, having beautiful,

talented and athletic children and a lovely loyal wife, basically being

successful in every possible way (except spiritually or intellectually)

As we can see in Willy’s memories, he started his vision of life when

his two sons Biff and Happy were in high school. He was working as a

Salesman and had quite a good income. His wife Linda was loyal and

obedient. Everybody liked him, especially his kids. Willy was like a model

for them. Biff and Happy played football and were really good at it. He

was so proud of them that he didn't really care about Biff’s problems, such

as when Biff stole a football or had problems in math. Willy always

taught Biff and Happy that when a man has a good appearance and makes

a good impression, he can achieve everything. But as we can see the reality

is different. The model and great example for Willy was his brother Ben.

Willy to Biff and Happy: “Boys! Boys! Listen to this. This is your uncle

Ben, a great man! Tell my boys, Ben!”. Than Ben responds: “When I was

seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked

out. And by God I was rich” And Willy again: “You see what I have been

talking about? The greatest things can happen!” Willy thought that

anyone could get rich like his brother if he were smart and knew how to

get along in business. Willy was living this dream and though it was going

to last forever. He had hard work, because as a salesman he had to travel

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