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Death of a Salesman paper


									      Charley says something in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman that
sums up Willy's whole life. He asks him, "When the hell are you going to
grow up?" Willy's spends his entire life in an illusion. He sees
himself as a great man that is popular and successful. Willy exhibits
many childlike qualities. Many of these qualities have an impact on
Willy's family. His two sons Biff and Happy pick up this behavior from
their father. He is idealistic, stubborn, and he has a false sense of
his importance in the world.

      Willy is like an impetuous youngster with high ideals and high
hopes. Children always have high hopes for their future. They all want
to be astronauts or millionaires. Willy always believes he can achieve
that kind of success. He never lets go of his wasted life. He dreams of
being the man who does all of his business out of his house and dying a
rich and successful man. Furthermore, Willy also dreams of moving to
Alaska where he could work with his hands and be a real man. Biff and
Happy follow in their father's footsteps in their lofty dreams and
unrealistic goals. Biff wastes his life being a thief and a loner;
furthermore, Biff, along with happy try to conjure
up a crazy idea of putting on a sporting goods exhibition. The problem
with Willy is that he never grows up and deals with his obstacles.
      Willy is also a very stubborn man. He is like a little child that
wants to do something their way even though they know that another option
would be the wiser choice. Charley practically sets a potential job into
Willy's lap and he refuses it. Willy just was fired and needed a job.
He refuses one. Willy is too stubborn to let go of his old job and take
a new one. He still believes that he is at the top of his profession.
When Willy does not get his way he acts just as a child would. He has
tantrums such as when he basically challenged Charley to a fight after he
told him to grow up. Biff is also stubborn like his father. He never
gives up being a child. He steals and lies. Biff cannot handle being
ignored, so he steals a pen. Willy's childlike stubbornness hampers him
throughout his life.
Willy, like most children thinks that he is more important than he
actually is. During the whole story, he brags himself up, calling
himself a great salesman. He says that he is known everywhere. When his
funeral is to occur, Willy believed that it will be a major event. Many
will come to pay their respects to New England's greatest salesman. He
is just an old broken down man who never was good at his job. Willy is
not well known. Few attend his funeral. When one is a child, they
believe that they are more important than they really are. As people
grow older they realize that they are just one of many in the world.
Willy Loman never does realize this fact. Biff and Happy never realize
it either. They continue to believe that the Lomans are an extraordinary
family above all others. After Willy dies, Happy proclaims that he will
continue his fathers quest as the great salesman. Biff believes that the
Lomans are not liked because they are rough and tough men who use their
hands. Willy goes through his entire life believing that is a great, well
known, and well-liked salesman.
      Willy Loman is a child trapped in a man's body. He never lets go
of his dreams. He does not come to grips with his failure as a salesman,
father, and husband. Willy runs away from responsibility, and he asks
others for handouts when in need. These traits have a negative impact
Biff and Happy throughout their lives. At the end of his life he lives
with delusions of what his life was and is. Willy never does grow up.

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