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One of the important themes in Death of a Salesman is the nature of success Many people believe that success is about making a lot of money They say that with money comes happiness However this may not always be true In other words success is defined as the accomplishment of something that was desired Furthermore it is about being happy proud and secure about yourself Although true success originates from the heart achieving it requires hard work and determination In Death of a Salesman the characters that are successful are Dave Singleman Ben and Bernard Dave Singleman was a successful individual He was an eighty-four year old salesman in the Parker House In order to make a sale all he had to do was pick up his phone and call the buyers and without ever leaving his room he made his living p81 This quote describes his success as a salesman At the age of eighty four he was able to make an adequate amount of sales Although he did not get rich from the sales that he made he enjoyed what he was doing As a result of his success life he died honorably He died the death of a salesman in his green velvet slippers p81 This example shows that he was successful right until the end After living the life of a successful salesman he died the death of a salesman When he died he was still wearing his green velvet slippers which in a way symbolizes that his success is still with him Another example that shows Dave had a successful life was at his funeral When he died hundreds of salesmen and buyers were at his funeral The second successful character is Willys older brother Ben This man became successful by taking a risk
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