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Cohen Pannell1 Cohen Pannell Kyle Taylor English 1102 13 March 2018 Death of a Salesman In the play, Death of a Salesman , the Loman family is in a search for the American dream. The author, Arthur Miller, tells how the Loman family interprets the American dream vastly differently from each other. The father, Willy Loman, sees the American dream as rich salesman working in New England. Harold Loman, one of the sons, makes his father proud. The other son, Biff Loman, sees the American dream as freedom, and Willy does not agree. Death of a Salesman is a play based in the late nineteen-forties, after World War Two. The economy was still recovering from the Great Depression. The Great Depression was a period of time in which the American stock market crashed and caused the economy to plunder to an all-time low. Willy was a sixty-four year old salesman traveling on average seven-hundred miles a day. At this point in his life he was traveling this far and not making any sales. This made Willy a failure at his job. The business he had been working for thirty-five years at took him off salary and made his pay based on compensation. Since Willy was not selling any of his products, he was not earning any money. This was a direct cause of the horrible American economy at the tiem. He was offered a job multiple times working for his friend Howard, but his pride and jealousy got in the way of him accepting the offer. Instead, Willy borrowed money from Howard to pay his health insurance and other bills. Willy was always very persistent at telling Howard that he kept an account of the money he borrowed and vowed to pay him back. In some of
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