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"Death Of A Salesman" By Arthur Miller What Was Wrong With Willy's Dreams?

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One of the essential conflicts in Arthur Miller's drama "The Death of a Salesman", is addressed in the quote uttered by Biff; "He had all the wrong dreams. All, all wrong." Although Willy's dreams had their problems, they weren't wrong, they were just carried through in the wrong ways.Willy is a man who wants the best for his family. He wants his sons to be successful and his family to be happy. In doing so, he will lie and cheat, as long as they are happy. For example, when Willy is told that Biff is going to fail maths and therefore not graduate, Willy tells Bernard that Bernard will just give him the answers."BERNARD: Where is he? If he doesn't study!WILLY: You'll give him the ...view middle of the document...

LINDA: No! Wait a minute, I've got a pencil. That makes your commission...two hundred - my God! Two hundred and twelve dollars!WILLY: Well, I didn't figure it yet, but...LINDA: How much did you do?WILLY: Well, I - I did - about a hundred and eighty gross in Providence. Well, no - it came to - roughly two hundred gross on the whole trip."When Willy asks Howard for a new job, he lies again to make himself seem more important to the business. Howard sees through him and fires him."WILLY: If I had forty dollars a week - that's all I'd need. Forty dollars, Howard...I averaged a hundred and seventy dollars a week in commissions.HOWARD: Now, Willy, you never averaged-"More so, when Willy is offered the perfect job by charley, he doesn't accept it."CHARLEY: I offered you a job. You can make $50 a week and I won't send you on the road.WILLY: I've got a jobCHARLEY: Without pay? What kind of a job is a job without pay?"Willy seems to be full of pride at this point but in reality, he doesn't have much. This situation only occurs after Willy asks Charley for money. Though he may seem to have pride when he doesn't accept the job...

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