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"Death of a Salesman"
An analysis of the character of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman".
# 49332 | 1,232 words | 1 source | MLA | 2004 | US
Published on Mar 02, 2004 in Drama and Theater (American) , English (Analysis)

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This paper discusses how, in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman", the central character of Willy Loman maintains a great determination to succeed and a mindset on the past events of his life. It examines how Loman is apparently obsessed with dreams, especially those which have come to be called the "American Dream". It looks at how, even with his phenomenal success in his chosen profession as a salesman, Loman realizes much too late that his dreams are not based in reality, which inevitably leads to disillusionment and personal disaster.

From the Paper:

"For Willy Loman, life's accomplishments and sources of pleasure are simple. This statement provides an excellent judgment on his life, due to leading a very average existence as a traveling salesman which he believes will enable himself and his family to attain wealth and comfort. For twenty-five years, Willy has been working to pay off the mortgage on his modest home, and once that is accomplished, he will attain a sense of freedom, or the "American Dream". This goal, in light of the economic/social conditions that existed at the time in which the play is set, presents a perfect picture of his ultimate aim in life, clearly outlined by dollar signs and a sense of ownership, two key points to personal success as far as Willy is concerned."

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