Death Of Salesman

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There are a few paraphrases in here that the tabs did not stay when i copy/pasted it. Over all it should help out tho! Death of a Salesman Willy Loman was a diligent worker who is labeled as, "a dime a dozen… a hard-working drummer who landed in the ash can like all the rest of them!"(Miller102) but how does this reflect in the world of work and how does this compare to the "Self-made man?" It reflects upon a worker that normally dreams of what he could have rather than what he has earned in his life. Having dreams is just a part of living, knowing how to make dreams turn into reality is success. When a man is able to succeed himself, he is lives proudly as "Self-made." Arthur Miller's story "Death of a Salesman," tells about Willy Loman a door-to-door salesman, and his family. The setting is in New York during the 1940's.

He is married with two sons that still reside at home. Willy and his son Biff are both unstable characters. Biff seems to struggle with jobs, and with finding a woman in his life. The other son Happy leads a normal life, meeting women, as well as holding a good job. Willy's wife, Linda Lowman, acknowledges that he has his problems when she says, "I don't say he's a great man"(Miller56). She knows that her husband is not a prominent man that many would look up to. He was an ordinary workingman trying to survive in the cruel world of business.

" The modern bourgeois society that has sprouted from the ruins of feudal society has not done away with class antagonisms. It has but established new classes, new conditions of oppression, new forms of struggle in place of the old ones."(Marx7) This quote...