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Death of a Salesman written in 1949 by American playwright Arthur Miller illustrates the destructive compulsion of a man to attain a success far beyond his reach This is accomplished through the portrayal of Willy Loman the plays central character Willy Loman is a pathetic character because he does not hold any possibility of victory Unrealistic dreams that are the product of a refusal to honestly acknowledge his abilities deter any triumph that Willy may have the ability to achieve Throughout the play Willy Loman surrounds himself with an obvious air of insecurity and confusion His lack of confidence and uncertainty in what he wants are qualities which prevent him from achieving his dream Willy shows this weakness while observing himself in a mirror He focuses completely on what he deems as negative qualities in his personality and physical appearance In talking with his brother he reveals his insecurity by mentioning that he feels kind of temporary pg 51 Although Willy has chosen to pursue success as a salesman he demonstrates confusion by continually contradicting that choice Willy resents the advancements such as the loss of fresh air and fertile land increased population and most significantly the competition which have been created by the very business community he has opted to be a member of It is impractical to assume that Willy Loman can be victorious in a career that he does not seem comfortable in or completely dedicated to His attempts make him pathetic because they are at the expense of confidence that he may receive from another field of work Willy Lomans false pride is another factor that contributes to his pursuit of prosperity which is unobtainable to him as a salesman This attribute is apparent in him when his mind journeys back to the day he turned down his brothers offer to battle for riches in the Alaskan timberlands Willys most enthusiastic moments in the play come in directing
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