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Modern Drama By Maurice Esau Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller He had the wrong dreams All all wrong said Biff at the end of the play He was talking about his father Willy Loman who took his own life because he could no see the reality in his life everything was either a lie or a fantasy to put some light into an otherwise pathetic life Throughout A Streetcar Named Desire by Arthur Miller the Lomans in general cannot distinguish between reality and illusion particularly Willy This is a major theme and source of conflict in the play Willy cannot see who he is and who his sons are He believes that they are great men who have what it takes to be successful in the business world Unfortunately he is mistaken In reality Willy and his sons are not successful and like Willy cannot be successful Willy is at the bottom of the totem pole in a capitalistic world He owns nothing and he makes nothing so he has no sense of accomplishment Willy tells Linda In the greatest country in the world a young man with such - personal attractiveness gets lost Because he is robbed of these things he develops the theory that if a person is well liked and has a great deal of personal attractiveness and then all doors will automatically be opened for him Willy has immersed himself in the idea that the more popular a salesman is the more successful he is in life this is shown when he is fired from his job after thirty-four years on the job he responds to his boss with a long monologue he talks about an old salesmen he once knew when he died - and by the way he died the death of a salesmen in his green velvet slippers hundreds of salesmen and buyers were at his funeral Willy built his life
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