Willy Loman

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Willy Loman

The Death of a Salesman

WILLY: Don’t say? Tell you a secret, boys. Don’t breathe it to a soul. Someday I’ll have my own business, and I’ll never have to leave home any more. HAPPY: Like Uncle Charley, heh?WILLY: Bigger than Uncle Charley! Because Charley is not liked. He’s liked, but he’s not — well liked. Based off of this quote, one can conclude that Willy is confident enough to believe he will make it big one day and have everything he desires. This also demonstrates how Willy does not like to be compared to Uncle Charley because he does not want to seem less of a person, since Charley is a successful man and he is not. After all, Willy tries to insist he is very well liked, but based on what occurs in througout the story, Willy is not well liked at all.

Willy Loman is a man who seems to be ignorant about reality. He constantely lies to himself and his family members just to make himself feel better. He considers himself a very successful man and wants his children to follow his footsteps, but he does not recognize that he is no where near success. Because he is stuck on the idea of being successful, he tends to gear towards the thought that anyone who is well liked can make it big. The issue is that he was never well liked, or good at his job. After all, it is evident that he is not being realistic.


Willy Loman

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"When you try your best, but you don't succeedWhen you get what you want, but not what you needWhen you feel so tired, but you can't sleepStuck in reverse"This verse from the song "Fix You" by Coldplay really relates to Willy because he has always tried his best to be a great salesman, and better his family, but in the end he ends up being the man who never succeeded. Willy's sons tried to help him, but he was hopeless. Willy was stuck in a fantasy and there was no way to bring him back to reality.

Song that relates to Willy

In the video, the little girl is throwing a tantrum because she is unable to take the toy she liked home. This relates to Willy Loman because he also wants something he cannot, which is being a successful man.

At the end of "Death of a Salesman" Willy kills himself due to certain factors. Willy has always had delusions such as hoping Biff will become a successfil man. It seemed as if Willy found that killing himself would be better for him than facing reality, which is the fact that his snis not on the road to success. Many people believe that Willy ied as a tragic hr for the reason that he always refused to admit he is a failure, hich causes his own downfall.

Willy's Death

Video Connection

BIFF, crying, broken: Will you let me go, for Christ’s sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens?WILLY: Oh, Biff! [staring wildly] He cried! Cried to me. [He is chocking with his love, and now cries out his promise.] That boy—that boy is going to be magnificent! Throughout the story we recognize that Biff is a failure, yet Willy is stuck on the idea that Biff will someday be able to become successful. Willy has high hopes for his oldest son, but does not realize that convincing himself that Biff will make it big is not reality. Willy wants his children to be something he was never been able to become, which makes it difficult for him to comprehend that Biff is not capable of achieving his dream.

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