Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman Essay
People each have their own strengths, but sometimes those same strengths are also their weaknesses. In Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, character Willy Loman had many strengths throughout the play that worked against him. The author uses Willy’s character to show that a person’s greatest strengths can also be their weaknesses that can undo everything that they hope to accomplish in life. Willy worked hard his entire life to become a success, but it was those things that made him a successful salesman that also ruined his life. It is a relevant story to this day as people are still working their whole life to afford the things that they believe will give them a happy life.
Willy Loman was a successful business man, and had years of experience in sales. He knew that he was not as good as other salesman, but he used his strengths to his advantage. It is these same strengths that Willy enjoys passing on to his children. He lives for the successful times in his life, and he wants to pass that success on to his children. During the play Willy is advising Biff on how to get the sales job with Bill Oliver. Willy says, “Walk in very serious. You are not applying for a boy’s job. Money is to pass” (Miller 1306). This shows that Willy has the experience and knowledge of sales and for the moment he is proud that he is able to help son. There is a downside to this success, and it comes in the way that he treats his wife, Linda.