A Fool with a Dream In Arthur Miller’s “Death of Salesman” the main idea centralizes on striving of the common man for American dream - Willy Loman introduction. Willy Loman, the main character, is a typical salesman of 40-50’s, whose life was built on a dream. Despite his strong spirit of dreaming, striving, and purposefulness he does not achieve his aim. Hardly anyone realizes that insignificant flows in one’s character may somehow prevent the dream from coming true. Loman’s character’s flows were the essence, what made him a tragic hero. The first and almost prominent burden in his personality was self-evaluation.
In his own world, Willy is successful salesman. “I’m the New England man. I’m vital in England. ” (1558). Ironically, he believes that personal attractiveness, good appearance and popularity would attract money and success. He tells his sons that appearance is more important than intelligence by explaining, “the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want. ” (1568). However, he is at the bottom of the business world. He perceives his colleges and co-salesmen as individuals who are lesser than he is.
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Although he pleads with other successful people for help and support, he still delusively believes that he is much higher than they are. Willy perceives himself as a respected and handsome man, however everybody’s perception about him does not coincide with his own. Even his wife says that “I don’t say he’s a great man. Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He’s not the finest character that ever lived. But he’s a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. ” (1579). Nobody admires him that much, since not very large amount of people comes to his funeral.
Moreover, it is improper of his wife, Linda, to support his delusive over-estimation. It is known that the agreeing word of the closest person make things more realistic. That is why Willy does not realize that his concept of himself is distorted, but he believes it is a reality, because Linda sees the things the same way. Willy’s pride is the second thing to blind him on the path to his dream. It was the thing which blinded him in choosing the career of sales, as he never had any slightest idea how to do it. His pride keeps him away from admitting that his sons would ever achieve something worthy. “Biff is a lazy bum! ” (1559). His prideful nature never lets him to get the real assessment of the world he lives in. It never allowed him to accept the world as it was; it was more convenient for Willy to live in his own, where he was above everyone. Aside living in his own world, he also lives the moments of past, which also prevents him from living a dream in present. He spends hours on hours dreaming about the past. Willy replays all that good moments he used to have with his brother Ben.
He backs to those good times when he and his sons were happier, when he was successful at his job. He spends a lot of time on figuring out what went wrong in the past. However, concentration on the past will not bring any good. Willy should have had to learn from it, and try to focus more on the present. By his nature Willy Loman was sort of a coward. He always runs away from problems. It was Willy’s denial of reality, what caused his overall downfall. He did not want to face the reality or he was not ready for it. He chose the easiest option- to escape from life.
Certainly, now his family would be paid the insurance, and all his debts would be returned. However, these problems could be solved without death. He would rather had confronted the directly, because there is an escape from every circle of problems; there is no escape from a coffin. Willy Loman could have had bright future if he knew when it is time to conceal his dark sides. He had a great potential to use, however he could not defeat his melancholic beliefs in worst things. Loman was blinded by the pursuit for money, and it made him misguided from the right way.
He was too naive towards the ease of getting money, “a man knew what he wanted and went out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out, the age of twenty one, and he’s rich! ”(1572). This is how he glorifies Ben’s success. However, he does not perceive the world realistically, and does not understand that a strong wish is not enough for making a dream come true. Probably, Arthur Miller meant “Loman” to be the symbol of “Low man”. Loman was a man, who possessed too much snobbery to make his American Dream come true. He escapes his life instead of one more try, what makes his fate tragic.