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Happy Loman Essay

890 words - 4 pages

In the literary masterpiece of "Death of a Salesman", the emphasis of the story goes to Willy's shortcomings, and Biff's lost potential; however the real victim in this modern-day tragedy goes to the hapless Hap. When looking at Hap's sad life, he was crudely ignored, and was shown the wrong path to his personal success and happiness. Also when looking closer into the text, there is an unbelievably exact parallel between Willy and Happy.

Happy is a lonely, sad, womanizing man who lies, cheats, and steals to get to the next level in his work. Most of his personality flaws could be traced back to when he was a child, and when he was ignored by his family. As a result of living in his brother's shadow and suffering from a lack attention, he turns out having an attachment disorder. He's afraid of getting involved with one single woman, because he is afraid of any type of attachment, and is scared because he was alone. The reason why he womanizes is because he is trying to show himself his great worth, and each woman he sleeps with is another point to his self ego.

Hap works in the business world, and he has learned there that in order to survive you must climb up the rungs of the corporate ladder. This fact is easier said than done, and as a result he has to weasel his way up the ladder. In Hap's world, there isn't any room for any sentimental feelings, and every person is only thinking of about himself, a result there is an underlying feeling of disdain towards everyone. Hap perfectly shows this when he says "All I can do now is wait for the fashion merchandiser to die". This clearly shows a lack of respect for his authoritive figures, and fellow coworkers by hoping they would die so Hap could crawl up one more rung of the corporate ladder. The business world has corrupted this individual, and what's worse is that this already wayward kid, is now the lowest of the low.

Hap's idea of success fits his father's idea perfectly, and the route he takes to achieve his goal is exactly like his father's as well. Their idea of success was that if you were independent, and had no more obligations to fulfill then you were successful. I liked their reasoning on success. It's a great goal to shoot for and it's good for the whole family rather then the individual; however what I didn't exactly agree with is their idea about how to achieve this idea of success. Instead of taking risks and working hard, Hap's philosophy was that if...

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