Death Of A Salesman: Willy's Life Is An Illusion



Charley says something in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman that sums
up Willy's whole life. He asks him, "When the hell are you going to grow up?"
Willy's spends his entire life in an illusion. He sees himself as a great man
that is popular and successful. Willy exhibits many childlike qualities. Many
of these qualities have an impact on Willy's family. His two sons Biff and
Happy pick up this behavior from their father. He is idealistic, stubborn, and
he has a false sense of his importance in the world.

Willy is like an impetuous youngster with high ideals and high hopes.
Children always have high hopes for their future. They all want to be
astronauts or millionaires. Willy ...

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up a crazy idea
of putting on a sporting goods exhibition. The problem with Willy is that he
never grows up and deals with his obstacles.
Willy is also a very stubborn man. He is like a little child that wants
to do something their way even though they know that another option would be the
wiser choice. Charley practically sets a potential job into Willy's lap and he
refuses it. Willy just was fired and needed a job. He refuses one. Willy is
too stubborn to let go of his old job and take a new one. He still believes
that he is at the top of his profession. When Willy does not get his way he
acts just as a child would. He has tantrums such as when he basically
challenged Charley to a fight after he told him to grow up. Biff is also
stubborn like his father. He never gives up being a child. He steals and lies.
Biff cannot handle being ignored, so he steals a pen. Willy's childlike
stubbornness hampers him throughout his life.
Willy, like most children thinks that he ...

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