Willy Loman

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A Fool with a Dream
In Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman” the main idea centralizes on striving of the common man for American dream. Willy Loman, the main character, is a typical salesman of 40-50’s, whose life was built on a dream. Despite his strong spirit of dreaming, striving, and purposefulness he does not achieve his aim. Hardly anyone realizes that insignificant flows in one’s character may somehow prevent the dream from coming true. Loman’s character’s flows were the essence, what made him a tragic hero.

The first and almost prominent burden in his personality was self-evaluation. In his own world, Willy is successful salesman. “I’m the New England man. I’m vital in England.” (1558). Ironically, he believes that personal attractiveness, good appearance and popularity would attract money and success. He tells his sons that appearance is more important than intelligence by explaining, "the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead.  Be liked and you will never want." (1568). However, he is at the bottom of the business world. He perceives his colleges and co-salesmen as individuals who are lesser than he is. Although he pleads with other successful people for help and support, he still delusively believes that he is much higher than they are. Willy perceives himself as a respected and handsome man, however everybody’s perception about him does not coincide with his own. Even his wife says that “I don’t say he’s a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him.” (1579). Nobody admires him that much, since not very large amount of people comes to his funeral. Moreover, it is improper of his wife, Linda, to support his delusive over-estimation. It is known that the agreeing word of the closest person make things more realistic. That is...
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