Throughout “Death of a Salesman,” it was extremely clear to me that the play was an exceptional representation of the idea of “The American Dream,” among other more comprehensive themes. This concept, as I comprehend it, relates to the belief that there are countless chances for everyone to reach out and grasp, no matter who they are or where they originate from. The main characters of the play; Willy Loman, Linda Loman, Biff Loman, Pleased Loman and their next door neighbour Charley, all appear to have extremely various concepts about this belief.
In my opinion, this enables the reader (or audience) to relate to whichever character shares their views, making the play extremely appealing. The play provides a larger insight into a social system in which the Loman family discovers themselves. Willy and Linda have needed to work incredibly hard to keep themselves afloat throughout the years, and are justly pleased with their achievement of paying off their 25 year home mortgage. However, a stark contrast is highlighted in between Willy and Howard, his manager. Willy has worked at the company for his entire career, and even names Howard when he is born for his father.
However, when Howard has matured he inherits all of his father’s wealth and the company. Likewise, when Willy turns up to request for a weekly wage of around $70 per week, Howard states that it was ‘just $100’ for his brand-new tape recorder. Willy chuckles along with him, stating that he must get himself one. In regards to the plays representation of household relationships, I think that it provides an excellent incite, showing the impacts that an affair can have on a family, and the both psychological and monetary pressures that are put on families.
Biff’s relationship with his daddy is very unpredictable, however deep down it is really clear that they both genuinely love each other. Delighted, nevertheless, reveals no love or feeling besides embarassment towards or about his dad. This is both highlighted and summarized by the scene in the dining establishment when Delighted is talking with Miss Forsythe, and says ‘, that’s not my father, that’s simply some person.’ Linda is absolutely committed to her hubby however can also see, in part, his self-destruction.
However, she practically appears to reject that it is taking place by not confronting Willy or doing anything about it herself, particularly in relation to the length of rubber pipeline behind the circuit box in the garage. The point at which these problems, relationships and pressures are most clear to both the characters and the audience is when the young boys return from their abandoned evening with their daddy to find their mother in a rage. We see a great deal of severe truths realised, the first in between Biff and Pleased.
In the restaurant, Biff had pertained to the conclusion that Delighted did not truly appreciate Willy’s wellbeing at all, just his own. We see this when Biff exclaims ‘, I sense it, you do not provide a great goddam about him.’ When they go back to your house, Biff says (“with a flare of disgust”) ‘Go away from me!’ In this scene, perhaps the greatest discovery is that of Biff and Willy’s true feelings towards each other. When Willy is planting seeds in the garden and speaking with his brother, practically in another reality, he is frightened by the thought of Biff thinking of him or broaching him as a coward, ought to he devote suicide.
When Biff attempts to take him inside to talk to Linda and inform her that he is leaving, Willy appears to think that he is discussing telling her about his affair years earlier, which Biff found. However, after some considerable arguments, in which Biff is accused of having nothing but spite for his daddy, Willy realises that Biff actually simply does not want to fail him, having been so forced to be successful in his earlier life. He also sees that all Biff ever wanted from him was pride and love, saying ‘Enjoys me. Always enjoyed me. Isn’t that an impressive thing? ‘