Social class is a major factor in Death of a Salesman. Willy is a salesman. Willy believes that success comes from being well liked and popular and has tried desperately to instill his notions to his two boys Happy and Biff, Willy's biggest aspirations in life. His wife Linda is extremely supportive and is Willy's only connection to reality. While raising his boys and trying to instill his "American Dream", he fails to teach them any sense of morality, leading them down to what he feels is the wrong path. At one point, he defends Biff for stealing just because he was an amazing football player. "Sure, he's gotta practice with a regulation ball, doesn't he?" (pg. 1024) It seems Willy has a skewed sense of what success and moral decisions should be. I think if Willy would have thought about what he was doing, instead of faking it and just trying to fit in, he may have found what he was looking for.
Although the Loman's lives are full of many problems, the problems are not directly caused by Willy striving for the American dream. Willy's problems, (that usually affects the whole family) are caused by little decisions made throughout his life. He has a choice of whether... [continues]
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