Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (lens - in literature an author might reveal more about what is bad in the human soul than what is good)

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Often times in literature an author might reveal more about what is bad in the human soul, than what is good about the human soul. This can often be a necessity in order for the specific message of a literary work to be conveyed in an accurate manner. One literary work, that could further exemplify this statement is a drama known as Death of a Salesman by Arthur miller. In this fine example of a classic American tradgedy, we get the opportunity to examine the thoughts, dreams, and delusions of a New York City salesman by the name of Willy Lowman. He took the ultimate sacrifice upon the discovery of reality of his existence, as a failure. Death of a Salesman is a tale of one man's false American Dream, and the psychological consequences of a lifetime of self deception.

In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, we see a blue collared American salesman caught up in a dream world.

Indeed, he cannot grasp the concept known as reality. He sat in his New York City Home, dreaming up his family's upcoming accomplishments that perhaps he never realized would not be achieved. Willy Lowman believed that he had led a pretty successful life on the road, where everybody once knew and loved him. However, he grew tired of the unbearable fatigue of long distance travel, especially after realizing that he was not the salesman he had once been. Upon counsel of his wife Linda, Willy proposed that he should strictly become a New York City salesman, perhaps never having to travel again. He thought of achieving the ideal Death of a Salesman as Dave Singleman had once achieved at the age of eighty-one , selling merchandise in thirty-one states from the comforts of his own bedroom. Willy dreamed...