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It is often stated that society is very judgmental It can be seen in movies literary works or just an everyday walk of life Arthur Miller chooses to portray societys prejudice against the protagonist Willy Loman in his play Death of a Salesman Society in this case rejects Willy Loman because he isnt upper class and because he is getting up in age Many occurrances highlight societys judging of Willy including him being fired the spite that he recieves from his sons and the way he alienates himself All of these eventually lead to the downfall of a strong determined but confused character Perhaps the most defeating action that happened to Willy was the loss of his job All he had ever been in life was a salesman therefore it was the only trade that he was any good at When he had the conference with Howard he had his hopes up Willy had regained his confidence in himself and was ready to take control of his life at a very crucial time However Howard crushed all of that by firing Willy simply because he thought Willy needed some rest Actually Howard never intended to give Willy his job back He was merely trying to take Willys position because he didnt believe Willy could hack it anymore This is a reflection of societys present day treatment of the elderly Younger generations now move older people into rest homes and try to keep them out of public view for risk of embarassment This is reflected by Howards statement I dont want you to represent us anymore Societys assumption of Willys capabilities in this case cost him his job A second occurrance that displayed Willys alienation happened in his own family Biff doesnt believe whatsoever in his father and has no hope for him at all Biff even says in act one that his father has no character Biff is a
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