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providing a house for his family. But his family suffered immensely as a result. Linda was a “good trooper” who supported her husband, but clearly their relationship was never as satisfying as it seemed on the surface (based on Willy’s extramarital affair). More importantly, Willy’s two sons were deeply scarred by his emotional distance and the unfair pressure he placed on them to achieve relatively superficial social goals (e.g., getting married, making good money, being a “success” in life). In their own ways, both sons tried to live up to Willy’s expectations, but they were never good enough to please him. More importantly, they could never please themselves and feel good about their lives—perhaps because they felt wounded from not receiving their father’s love and attention. Thus, the tragedy in this play—in addition to Willy’s eventual suicide—is that he pursued an empty, materialistic vision of the American Dream, while failing to take care of the people in his life emotionally. As his career wound down, he discovered that he felt deeply unhappy and that his
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W illy Loman and The Tragedy of Materialism 5 moderate material success was insufficient to make him feel fulfilled. At the same time, the most important people in his life—his family and friends—were unhappy because they had received material comfort from him but not the emotional support they needed. This story is an American tragedy of the post-World War II era that was no doubt replayed in lives of thousands of real fathers and sons.
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W illy Loman and The Tragedy of Materialism 6 References Miller, Arthur (no date). Death of a Salesman . Edited by Randeane Tetu . Middlesex Community College. Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman . Editing by Neil Carson. Macmillan Modern Dramatists book series (MD), 44-59, 1982. Ribkoff , Fred (2017). “Shame, Guilt, Empathy, and the Search for Identity in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman .” Modern Drama 43, no. 1.
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