Death Of A Salemsan Essay

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Arthur Miller’s play “Death of a Salesman” shows how materialism destroys a person and drives them to insanity. Willy, the play’s protagonist, is a man who is obsessed and addicted to work and money to the point where he is going mentally ill. The play shows Willy growing steadily into a man who ends up killing himself because his mind won’t rest. By not letting his mind rest, Willy in the beginning almost gets into a car accident. Although the first scene with Willy is when he almost crashes the car, it’s also when we see his relationship with his wife Linda. Linda and Willy have a very unhealthy marriage fraught with stress, anger and infidelity. Willy in “Death of a Salesman” is a man who ...view middle of the document...

Throughout the play we also see how working hard and never taking a break affects Willy’s relationships with his wife and two sons Biff and Happy. Willy is working so hard that he can’t even rest and sometimes doesn’t sleep a full eight hours. Also by working so hard, he expects both his sons to follow in his footsteps and to make as much if not more money than Willy. Biff, Willy’s oldest son, loves to work outdoors, which frustrates Willy excessively because he wants Biff in an office making an actual living. Since both his sons live at home, Willy works even harder because he wants to motivate them to make a lot of money and be independent. By Willy working so hard, he also begins show signs of exhaustion and depression. The long hours and constant driving at an older age is affecting Willy’s health and emotional state in a very negative way. Willy’s long hours and sleep deprived life cause him to have anger issues and to verbally abuse anyone in his family. Willy’s temper leads him to losing his mistress and his wife, the two women he thought he loved, and baits him into a major fight with his two sons Biff and Happy before he dies. Willy’s temper could stem from depression, “…irritability, hypersensitivity, anger, unsafe driving, verbal abuse of loved ones and unsafe sex”(“Men:Don’t ignore signs of Depression”). These are some of the many symptoms of depression in males, and also these are the symptoms Willy experiences in “Death of a Salesman”. In addition to the symptoms of depression in men and women is very different “Men sometimes mask their depression in anger or irritability”(Men…). In addition to his anger problem, the disrespect and lack of love for his wife also leads Willy to his death because Linda is the only one who keeps his fantasy going and is always there to take care of him. Throughout the play Willy is constantly belittling his wife, and sadly Linda is the only person who has and will ever stand up for Willy. Linda is the sole person in the play who shows genuine love for Willy, but he pushes her away. Whenever Willy is with his mistress, he usually treats her like a goddess. He tries to make her...

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