The nature of dreams/illusions in relation to the character of Willy Loman.

30.09.2012 13:22

    The main character of the drama is an old dreamer, whose biggest dream is to be a successful and well-known salesman. Willy Loman’s American Dream is not so special. He just wanst to have a job, where everyone knows him and respect him. He wants people to like him more than other salesmen: ‘‘He’s liked, but he’s not — well liked’’ (Miller 19). What is more, he wants his sons to follow in his footsteps – he wants them to do him and all the city credit.

    During the whole drama it seems like he achieved it all but later on the reader realizes that he is just living in his dream but not living the real life. ‘‘Ben, nothing’s working out. I don’t know what to do’’ (60). The truth is that he cannot even walk out of his dreams because whole his family is supporting it and is not able to tell him the truth, because his dreams are the only thing which makes him happy. In fact, Biff is the only one who tries to open his eyes: ‘‘Pop, I’m nothing! I’m nothing, Pop. Can’t you understand that? ‘‘(99).

    To confirm the reader that Willy really does not achieve anything there is a picture of his funeral, which is not like he imagined that at all:  ‘‘but the funeral... (Straightening up.) Ben, that funeral will be massive! They’ll come from Maine, [...]!’’ The truth is, that nobody comes, because everybody forgets him and nobody really admires him.

    The outcome of the drama is that even when everyone tells Willy to open his eyes, he still lives in his dreams. He commits suicide at the moment when he is the happiest – when his sons speak about setting up the company. That is the only way how he can remain happy and proud forever.  


Works cited:

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. New York: Penguin Books, 1986. Print.