Death of a Salesman

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Is Happy the character to feel sympathy for or to be despised?

In the play “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, Miller shows Happy as a young, handsome, successful man who is working in some company as an assistant manager when in reality he is just an assistant of an assistant manager, Happy himself is trying to make himself appeal more than he is. Throughout the whole play we can see that Happy as a flat character but sometimes we can see that Miller actually makes feel sympathy for him. One of the most obvious ones is that during all Happies life he lived under a shadow of Biff both at school and at home. In one of the Willy’s reminiscence Happy says: “I losing weight, Pop” and Willy just says: “Jumping rope is good too.” This shows that Happy is trying to attract his dad’s attention as much as he can but Willy just doesn’t pay any attention to him. We see that happen not only from willy but from Linda too. When Happy tries to tell his Mom about his marriage she is just more concerned about something else but not her own son. Happy says: “Mom, I am getting married” and Linda just replies by: “Go to sleep, Honey.” Miller portrays relationships between Happy and his parents as very passive and carefree because Willy cares more about Biff as he is his first son and Linda is more concerned about Willy rather than Happy.

In addition to that I truly believe that Happy is on ethe characters that he consequently

Furthermore Miller also makes feel sympathy for Happy in his own speeches. In his speeches, Happy himself tries to feel sympathy for him. He says: “Sometimes I sit in my apartment all alone… But then, its what I always wanted. My own apartment, a car and plenty of women. And, still, goddammit, I’m lonely.” This quote shows us that Happy even though he is successful and he fulfilled all criteria of the American dream just as his father but he doesn’t have that small, happy things like a family and a wife. Miller makes feel sympathy...
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