Death of A Salesman
Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman tells a sad story of a man who was too proud to admit that he was a failure. Willy Loman created a world of illusion to help him to continue with the daily drudge of living. He spent his life trying desperately to convince himself, and others, that he was successful and "well liked" until the day he died. The Requiem is the last act of Miller's play where the sad truth of Willy Loman's existence is revealed to the audience and the Loman family. The requiem serves as a place where Miller paints a picture of Willy's death as an ironic end to his tragic life. Charley's speech during the funeral is vital to understanding Willy as a tragic character because Charley takes the blame away from Willy for his death. "Nobody dast blame this man", are the opening words to Charley's speech that depicts Willy Loman as a product of his environment and a victim of his profession. He explains that the life of a salesman is an upward struggle to sell himself, "riding on a smile and a shoeshine...when they (customers) start not smiling back - that's an earthquake...and you're finished." Here Charley is alluding to Willy's inability to separate the personal from the professional. Willy took his professional rejections personally and it was a blow to his character. Willy wanted so desperately to be liked that he convinced himself that he was liked so he would be able to continue on with his life and his career. Biff comes to a realization at the end of the play that his father lived a life of illusion, "He never knew who he was." Willy spent so much time believing in the false promises of wealth and popularity that the life of a salesman could bring that he never took the time to realize that he really enjoyed working with his hands, "...there's more of him in that front stoop than in all the sales he ever made." Biff implies that his father wasted his life as an unsuccessful salesman saying that "he has all...
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