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Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller tells the story of the Lomanfamilys struggles through the late years of their lives Willy thehead of the household has difficulty with achieving his idea ofsuccess Success in Willys mind is determined by travel and because ofthat by the end of the story he is able to achieve his life goal ofhaving a death of a salesmanWillys image of success revolves directly around dying a death of asalesman and to die a death of a salesman he has to travel His idolDave Singleman was 84 years old when he died and hed drummedmerchandise in thirty-one states 81 When Willy tells Howard thisit is shown that Willy measures Daves success not only by the amount ofsales he made but where he made them The amount of places that Davetraveled to make sales impresses Willy and builds Daves image oftriumph Later in the Dave Singleman story Willy reveals to Howard howDave actually died As it turns out Dave died on the smoker of theNew York New Haven and Hartford going to Boston 81 Not only didWillys hero travel while he was living he died on a big trip makingsales Even after he dies Willy continues to tell the story of DaveSInglemans funeral and how majestic it was when he died hundredsof salesman came to his funeraland they were sad on a lotta trainsfor months after that 81 Because Dave traveled so much and was sowell liked he touched hundreds even thousands of people He understoodlike Willy that being a salesman wasnt just about the numbers it wasabout being respected In that quote Willy also describes the trains hetraveled on as being somber Dave traveled so much during his careerthat not only did he delight his customers he elated the trainoperators that provided his transportation This is Willys ultimateimage on how to be successful and he realizes because of his image ofDave Singleman that without travel success as a salesman isimpossible
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