In Death of Salesman, the disputes that the characters deal with through out in the play, can be analyzed as reflections of the issues in America’s society today. The majority, if not all of these problems can be traced back to Willy Loman as the source. Willy Loman’s yearning to be successful (either in fact through himself or through his boys) was the origin of all the other problems, and was the reason he might not control himself and he ruined his life and his household.
The most obvious social issue face in the play is greed. Willy’s obsession with having money is a best sign of the larges part of society, the part whose lives revolve around obtaining cash, and having “the best”. The people have impractical expectations much like Willy. In Act 1, Willy is hallucinating about his brother Ben and he states, “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 abundant!” (41 ).
Willy and many people in today’s society, have impractical expectations, and are never ever truthfully satisfied. They are willing to do anything to get to the top, even if it means hurting others, and the majority of the time they are entrusted absolutely nothing. Much like Willy in the garden, whispering, “Nothing’s planted. I don’t have a thing in the ground”; due to the fact that they have not done anything significant with their lives and have not “planted” anything (122 ). They used all their time worried about money and neglected to invest in anything concrete, like genuine love, and having a household. They have no real lives outside of materialistic things, similar to Willy.
Willy’s constant disregard for others and their lives is another example of an issue America’s society deals with being represented in the play. In today’s society, it is viewed as expectable to press others down, and put your self initially. In Death of a Salesman, Willy does this continuously when it comes time to be truthful and look after his household. Willy’s actions significantly affected his household, and were the factor for many of Biff, Delighted and Linda’s issues. When he was fired, Willy stated, “I was fired and I am trying to find a little great news to inform your mother, since the woman has waited and suffered”( 107 ).
Willy, like lots of people with any sort of conscience today, feels bad and wishes to inform Linda that he was fired (something that will dramatically effect his entire household, particularly considering their currently pending financial problems), however this desire is smothered by his need to have “good news”. This desire is essentially just a ploy to make him feel much better about himself, so once again Willy puts Linda 2nd to his own requirements, which is truly the factor for all the waiting and suffering she needed to do. This disregard, is likewise apparent in today’s society, someone’s actions can affect the entire community. Like when it comes to all the dreadful choices George Bush. George Bush made choices for the country, that were not for the common great, but his good, and now America is left picking up the pieces now that he’s gone.
Many people argue that a major issue with the order of today’s society is that individuals no longer respect their seniors. Arthur Miller, clearly saw this taking place even in the 1950 when he wrote the book. Willy raised Biff and Happy, putting all in hopes, dreams and inhabitations into them. But when they were old adequate no to need to depend upon them anymore, they ignored him. Linda even acknowledges it and states, “It sounds old made and ridiculous however I tell you he put his entire life into you and you have actually turned your backs on him”( 60 ). Biff and Pleased utilized their dad to become who they were, however when he needed them to live, they walked away from him. This is much more apparent of the problems faced today when taken a look at as if Willy represents all the older individuals in our society. The senior are looked down upon, are believed to be crazy, and have their jobs, license and general most genuine concessions, removed for no factor aside from age. We discriminate against individuals who ought to be our equates to and treated with regard.
Peer pressure, is not simply something that impacts school aged children on the play area. Grownups are pressured every day by, family, friends, co-workers into doing things that do not necessarily wish to do. This is a significant problem in society due to the fact that the majority of the time when people are doing something they do not want to do they are going to be upset. This feeling of being upset, usually leads to feelings that are more drastic such as being stressed and just totally lost and dissatisfied. Willy’s pressure on the Biff and Happy is the perfect example of this pressure to do things you typically would refrain from doing. Willy continuously states through out the play, “the man who makes a look in the business world, the man who develops personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Resemble and you will never want”, this pressure to be well liked is what pushed Biff to neglect his school work and Happy to just appreciate pleasing woman and his daddy (30 ).
Willy always pressed the young boys to have and to be the greatest at whatever they did. But in the end Willy’s pressure pressed the boys to make careless choices and made them seem like they could never ever do enough to please their dad. Biff required to stealing and even admits that his father’s pressure got to him in Act 2 when he states, “I never got anywhere due to the fact that you blew me so complete of hot air I could never stand taking orders from any person!” (131 ). Pressure can in some cases be favorable, like when it pressure presses you to give your best shot, and sometimes negative, like when it causes you to conform excessively. As when it comes to Delighted, who by the end of the play, even after his daddy eliminates himself is figured out to follow in Willy’s foot actions and even states, “It’s the only dream you can have– to come out number-one male. He battled it out here, and this is where I’m gon na win it for him” (139 ).
The most significant complaint that is spoken with grownups about today’s youth is the continuous feeling of privilege. Even when unjustified. Willy’s outlook on his life is a best example on teen’s unjustified feelings of entitlement in today’s culture. In the scene where he goes to speak to Howard about his task, Willy says, “You can’t consume the orange and throw the peel away-a guy is not a piece of fruit.” (82 ). Willy feels that Howard (the kid of the dad who had actually previously promised Willy that he would be rewarded for his service to the business) has actually gone back on the word of his daddy by forgetting the salesman in his golden years, throwing away the peel after consuming the orange, so to speak.
But what Willy does not understand is that Howard owes him absolutely nothing, and neither did his father. Anything people do out of generosity is merely that, generosity. Trainees often think that even if they got an excellent mark in a class that it will immediately be the same the next quarter, and aren’t constantly going to do the work required to earn the grade. However what Willy and many others don’t realize is that nobody is owed anything. Throughout and argument Willy has with his kid, Biff makes the remark, “Pop! I’m a penny a dozen, therefore are you!” This irritates Willy who counterattacks, “I am not a cent a lots! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman!” (132 ). Translucented Willy and people thought the world, entitlement is an illusion that blinds our work/life principles and us.
Death of a Salesperson reveals both family and societiatal disputes; nevertheless, these conflicts are definitely more effective when taken a look at as social problems.It forces you to evaluate the ethics and concepts of the culture we reside in. and how they eventually show the important things we genuinely hold crucial. However the reflection is not just the problems, however also all the damage that arises from making those the most valued things. Death of a Salesman is a disheartening play however it is an honest reflection of our society.
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. New York: 1949. Print.