Willys false dream tormented the whole loma family

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Willy’s false dream tormented the whole Loma family, since he started losing his job, instead of looking for another one he stayed there, making his family believe that he was highly required in the company, but at the same time they had him working on commission. Howard Wagner, who was Willy boss, did to him what in business is known to be “lean and mean” which meant to move him to commission and then after a little period of time finally fired him (Murphy and Abbotson 199). Willy after seeing that at his age he had no way of being successful, he thought that the only way to accomplish the business American Dream was through committing suicide, which was a bad idea because the only thing he was going to cause will be sadness in his family. But he saw it from another point of view, which was from his ambition in the idea that success meant money, and that he wanted his sons specially Biff to accomplish his dream. He commits himself into several attempts for suicide. In the confrontation he had with Biff, he showed his dad the hose, so he’ll know that they are aware of his attempts of committing suicide, during the argument Biff tells his dad “What is this supposed to do, make a hero out of you? This supposed to make me sorry for you”, after this Willy should have realized that committing suicide wasn’t going to help him in raising his sons respect for him, but his thirst for the business success dream was much higher, so he didn’t pay attention to the advices given by his family. As Biff said, Willy thought that taking his own life will make a hero out of him, and Willy thought that “To save his life, he has to kill himself” because he hoped that his family especially Biff would get the insurance money (Heyen 51). “Willy commits himself to a pathetic death and meaningless legacy (even if Willy’s life insurance policy ends up paying off, Biff wants nothing to do with Willy’s ambition for him)” Willy didn’t realize that even though if his son gets the money, his dream is completely different than Willy’s. Willy wants a white collar job for his sons, while Biff will be happy with a job at a farm, working outdoors, so Biff wouldn’t care if he gets his dads money or not (Heyen 49). Nobody understood his decision but him, not even his wife. Linda thought of it as no necessity because “for the first time in thirty five years we were just about free and clear” meaning even the house payments were all done, now that they completely own their house, there’ll be nobody to occupy it. But in the other hand for Willy “Admission of failure would have led to
suicide the same way as his enduring dream to led to suicide”, so in his point of view the two choices that he had leading him to the same result (Heyen 49). But on the others point of view, he acted like a coward, taking his own life just to get some money to his family.

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