illusions

Topics: Death of a Salesman, Reality, Personal life Pages: 2 (588 words) Published: October 26, 2014
Illusion is more attractive than reality
The smell of chocolate engulfed my surroundings and a hearty smile filled my small face. This was it, the place where I was most content and fulfilled. My nan moved across the kitchen as graceful as a dancer, she could do absolutely anything, she was magic. An old beatles track came onto the radio, and my nans face lit up as she recognised the tune. A Nan started to chant along I also realised I knew the song and sang along with her. Nan's eyes brightened as she picked me off the bench, spinning me around, 'you have the best voice in the world my darling! You're going to become a star one day!'. ANd I believed her, she was always right. As children, we grow up in an illusion believing whatever our parents or other influential people in our life tell us. Sometimes parents may fall into a life where they decide to live vicariously through their children to soften the harsh reality of their own lives or to even find success in their children where they have fallen short in their own reality. Illusions are a belief that something exists when in fact it does not and is often a coping mechanism for many people in everyday life. In some cases illusion can be a healthy escape but it can also be extrememly unhealthy leading to bad mental health and possibly becoming a social pariah. Sometimes illusions or an unrealistic perspective of life can be so attractive that others start to believe it too. This is shown in Arthur Miller's play 'Death of a Salesman'. The protagonist Willy Loman has worked his whole life as an average salesman to pay off the mortgage on his house. Willy has lied to himself and his family about his reality for so long, influincing his family to follow in all the wrong dreams. As a teenager, Willy's son Biff looked up to his father and is made to believe that being attractive will get him places in the business world. Following his father's words Biff concentrates more on football than the class he is...
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