EH 224 Death of a Salesman Paper - The Truth is in the Eye...

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The Truth is in the Eye of the Beholder Arthur Miller, one of the most famous men in America, was a writer who focuses primarily on one family. The protagonists in his works are often drawn into conflict due to family and eventually are set up for disaster, as seen in his play Death of a Salesman . Willy Loman, the main character, drifts from present time to memories of his past. He is unable to live up to the expectations he believes a family provider should have. Willy wants to be well liked and known for his personality; however, he fails at this as well as failing to bond with either one of his sons, Happy and Biff. Eventually, Willy’s shift from present time to past moments in his memory and his belief that he is worth more dead than alive he is drawn to commit suicide. His wife Linda and his son Biff have very different feelings towards Willy throughout the play. Linda is madly in love with her husband and believes he does no wrong. Biffs’ view of his father changes from admiring him and thinking he could do no wrong to realizing he is a stubborn liar. Linda finds Willy to be a hardworking man who is good at his job. When Willy comes home early in Act One, Linda automatically begins to worry if something has happened, because he has been in car accidents in the past. She believes Willy needs a job working where he does not drive all the time, “You’re sixty years old. They cannot expect you to keep traveling every week” (1236). When Willy’s spirits get low talking about work, Linda attempts to lift them by talking about how much he earns, “You’re doing wonderful, dear. You’re making seventy to a hundred dollars a week” (1248). She also complements him on his looks when he doubts himself, “Willy, darling, you are the handsomest man in the world” (1248). Linda loves her husband with all of her heart and does not focus on his flaws. She is the only one in the family

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