Death Of A Salesman Essay


There is something magical and sometimes overpowering to the
majority of mankind: It is the thing that allows people to live in
mansion's with helipad's as well as underground society forced to
live in the many tunnels and passageways under New York City
and to beg for their meals. Although this is definitely the extreme
that I have described. It is sometimes indescribably cruel and
other times very gracious. This thing that I write about is the
American system. In Arthur Miller's moving and powerful play,
"Death of a Salesman", Miller uses many character to contrast
the difference between success and failure within the system.
Willy is the dreamy salesman whose imagination is much ...

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seems to use this
dream merely to give himself an opportunity for sentimentality.
The play is ambiguous in its attitude toward the business-success
dream, but does not certainly condemn it. It is legitimate to ask
where Miller is going. And the answer is that he has written a
confused play because he has been unwilling or unable to commit
himself to a firm position with respect to American culture. Miller
prepares us for stock response-relief in escape to the West and
the farm; firm satisfaction in the condemnation of the tawdry
business ethic.1and then denies us the fulfillment of our
expectations. The play makes, finally, no judgment on America,
although Miller seems always on the verge of one, of telling us
that America is a nightmare, a cause of and a home for tragedy.
But Willy is not a tragic hero; he is a foolish and ineffectual man
for whom we feel pity. We cannot equate his failure with
America's (Eisinger .0 p. 174. Indeed, there is a lot of room for
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nothing but help fuel
the fire in the inferno of their dreams and ambitions. She lets this
whole masquerade continue right in front of her instead of doing
something to stop their out of control lies.
Also, Biff the oldest son, continues to search for his purpose in
life. Due mainly to all the "hot air" Willy always feeds him, Biff
continues to stumble in his fight for life. Biff has never had the
ability to hold down a job very long due to his inability to take
orders and do his time in the trenches before becoming a success
at a particular job.
Richard J. Foster states, "Biff, who in the play as an amplification or reflection of Willy's problems, has been nurtured on ...

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