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The Tragic Life of a Salesman In Author Millers relentless drama Death of a Salesman one is able to examine a common man and the downward spiral to his ultimate demise This timeless drama addresses the raw painful conflicts within one family and tackles the myth of the American Dream It is the story of an aging salesman who has reached the end of his usefulness on the road Atkinson 305 The common man in this tragedy is Willy Loman Willy is portrayed as a delusional flawed man whose empty life is based on deception and false hopes He is an insecure traveling salesman who has lied to himself and to his family for many many years There are several conflicts that stem from Willys flawed character Willy has been unfaithful to his loving supportive wife Linda for many years and the conflicts Klemm 2 within the Loman family are longstanding One could easily say that this family is wrought with dysfunction mainly stemming from all the false hopes and dreams that Willy has passed on to his sons Biff and Hap grow up being taught that a business career is the one and only way to achieve respectable success They are told repeatedly that if they are well liked they can get away with anything Magill 1367 These confusing messages result in real-life destructive problems for the Loman sons As an adult Biff discovers that he has no direction no skill and no vocation Magill 1367 and that he is a thief Hap grows up chasing women and becoming a diluted caricature of his father Biff is able to see through his father and despises him and his actions His wife Linda sees through him as well but she defends him by stating that he is well intentioned The major conflict seeded in this drama is that of Willys inner struggle with reality He is living
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