Death Of A Salesman: Society's Alienation Of Willy Loman

By: Joey Powell
It is often stated that society is very judgmental. It can be seen in
movies, literary works, or just an everyday walk of life. Arthur Miller chooses
to portray society's prejudice against the protagonist, Willy Loman, in his play,
Death of a Salesman. Society, in this case, rejects Willy Loman because he
isn't upper class, and because he is getting up in age. Many occurrances
highlight society's judging of Willy, including him being fired, the "spite"
that he recieves from his sons, and the way he alienates himself. All of these
eventually lead to the downfall of a strong, determined, but confused character.
Perhaps the most defeating action that happened to Willy ...

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position because he didn't believe Willy could hack it anymore. This is
a reflection of society's present day treatment of the elderly. Younger
generations now, move older people into rest homes and try to keep them out of
public view, for risk of embarassment. This is reflected by Howard's statement,
"I don't want you to represent us anymore." Society's assumption of Willy's
capabilities, in this case, cost him his job.
A second occurrance that displayed Willy's alienation happened in his
own family. Biff doesn't believe whatsoever in his father and has no hope for
him at all. Biff even says in act one that his father has no character. Biff
is a perfect symbol for society in the play. Biff knows his father has problems,
but even as a son, "can't get near him." Even though he accepts his father as a
fake later in life, Biff tries over and over again to reach his father and to
help him, but an unseen barrier prevents Biff from doing so. Happy is the type
that knows what's ...

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