Death of a Salesman Quotes and Analysis


I’m the New England male. I’m important in New England.

Willy Loman, Act I

Willy’s self-definition is focused around his profession. He isn’t the male who does sales for New England – he’s the New England guy. He thinks himself to be essential to the company, but in reality it’s the business that’s important to him and his sensations of self worth. When he discovers that he isn’t vital anywhere, his worldview falls apart.

He resembles, but not favored.

Biff, referring to Bernard. Act I

Willy’s recipe for success is based entirely around a cult of character. Most people are liked by their buddies and acquaintances. But just terrific guys, according to Willy, are genuinely well-liked – which is what brings them success. In this quote, we see that Willy’s belief in individual connections has actually been transferred to his sons too, as they dismiss their buddy Bernard for only garden-variety likability.

The male understood what he wanted and headed out and got it! Walked into a jungle and comes out, the age of twenty-one, and he’s rich!

Willy, concerning Ben. Act I

This is a primary refrain for Ben. Although Willy is the first one to use this line, Ben duplicates it lot of times throughout the play, making it clear that Ben is only an invention of Willy’s creativity. He does not speak normal words, but is the personification of a sign – Willy has actually attached all his concepts of success and worth to the abstract principle of his bro Ben, whether Ben warranted it or not.

I don’t say he’s a great man. Willie Loman never ever made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He’s not the finest character that ever lived. However he’s a person, and a dreadful thing is occurring to him. So attention should be paid. He’s not to be permitted to fall in his tomb like an old canine. Attention, attention should finally be paid to such an individual.

Linda, regarding Willy. Act I

This is the play’s direct cry to human self-respect. The thesis of Linda’s speech – and of Salesman as a whole – is that all men are worthy of regard and attention. No person is non reusable. No man ought to pass away without feeling he mattered.

You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away – a guy is not a piece of fruit.

Willy, act II

This is Willy’s articulation of Linda’s “attention should be paid” speech. However Willy’s appeal is not for some abstraction of attention or self-respect. He is arguing straight to his company that there must be responsibility taken for staff members. Willy gave his youth to the company, and now the company needs to look after him.

After all the highways, and the trains, and the visits, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive.

Willy, Act II

Willy is regreting the insignificance of all his years of work. He never made enough to conserve anything, and he didn’t construct, and he didn’t grow, and now that his task is done he has absolutely nothing left. He was a subsistence employee. It is this awareness – along with the realization that he has a life insurance policy with a big premium – that drives him to suicide.

I understood what a ridiculous lie my whole life has actually been.

Biff, act II

This is Biff pertaining to terms with the fact that his father’s impressions of success for him were genuinely just illusions and nothing more. Biff has invested his life attempting to measure up to – or react against – a difficult fraud and a vision of himself that never existed. Willy’s illusions about success impacted every part of his boys’ lives.

I have actually got to get some seeds. I’ve got to get some seeds, right now. Nothing’s planted. I don’t have a thing in the ground.

Willy, act II

Willy recognizes that his whole profession has actually developed to nothing. He worked for 40 years and has absolutely nothing to reveal for it. This results in his obsession with seeds late in the play – it is far too late to grow anything for his boys, but a minimum of he can plant some veggies, something that will outlive him and offer some use.

I’m gon na reveal you and everyone else that Willy Loman did not die fruitless. He had a great dream. It’s the only dream you can have – to come out number-one man. He battled it out here, and this is where I’m gon na win it for him.

Pleased, Requiem

This reveals that Pleased has actually become the idealist, while Biff is leaving town to start over as a male who accepts his mediocrity. But now Pleased has the desire to try, to end up being something. Perhaps he will be successful – however more likely, he too will fail. Willy did die in vain, and Delighted can not change that.

I am not a cent a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman!

Willy, Act II

Biff has actually simply cried that he is a penny a lots, therefore is his dad. Willy declines to believe this, can not believe this. He and his boys should be unique. The Lomans must stick out from the pack. All of Willy’s feelings of self-respect and identity come from doing much better than the next guy, and to realize that he is no different than anybody else would be to recognize that his life was incorrect.

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