Death of a Salesman essay - In Arthur Miller's play Death...

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In Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman , the character of Willy Loman acts primarily as an instrument to propagate the suffering of others. Willy keeps himself locked into his own deluded version of the American Dream: instead of believing in the value of hard work and dedication, Willy believes that the key to success is to be well liked and popular with others. He remains locked within this delusion for the duration of the play, and in doing so, keeps his family locked into it alongside him. The real tragedy of the play is highlighted in Willy's actions: Willy's delusions have unwittingly but irreparably damaged and deluded his family, and even more tragically, damaged and deluded himself as well. Willy keeps his family trapped within his own view of the world. Time and time again the play shows Willy ignoring the values of morality or hard work: he jokes with Biff about the stolen football, values Biff's athletic ability over his academic ability, while simultaneously putting down the intelligent Bernard because he is not well-liked. This focus on popularity over

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