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How Low is the Loman Authors use many different devices in their writing such as personification or hidden meanings to add a little something extra to their work While examining the main character of Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman Willy Loman we see much of the same The hidden meaning in Willys name comes in his surname Loman which is often taken to mean low-man Reading Death of a Salesman and its many critiques the overwhelming theme of commonness and even lowliness is plainly evident In this paper I intend to show that his treatment of his family and friends as well as what we know about his own thought life proves Willy Lomans true commonness and periodic lowliness First we will look at Loman himself Loman is without a doubt one of the most perplexing characters in literature Huftel states in his review of the story Death of a Salesman is governed by a need to know and understand Willy Loman 103 The statement could not be truer but it is also something that we respond to with an Easy for you to say This is a story of a salesman who has run his race but who for the most part is unwilling to leave the finished course and a man who has trouble grasping reality The first instance we see of this difficulty comes in the beginning when Loman has a flashback from his sons childhood in which he actually talks to the young Biff Although the author does use flashbacks such as these to clear up parts of the story we otherwise would not have understood it remains clear that they are also symbolic of his unwillingness to let go of the past In her review of Death of a Salesman Elenor Clark states Willy has one fatal flaw he lives in a dream world 62 We find this to be inherently true throughout
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