The Death of a Salesman

A study of the character, Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s famous play, The Death of a Salesman.

The paper shows that in the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the character Willy Loman has devoted his entire life to making money and to being liked by his sons, his bosses and those individuals in power whom he wishes to impress. The paper suggests, however, that by failing to instill any moral values in his sons, Willy Loman is a failure both as a father and as a man. It shows that the values he has been sold by American culture and the values he sells to his family are revealed to be utterly bankrupt at the end of the drama and his life.
Miller, in “Death of a Salesman,” portrays an America utterly lacking in morality and religion, where the only values offered to Willy Loman and his sons are that of material success and shallow appreciation in the eyes of others. All sense of a moral core, of origins has been lost in this America. Instead, there is only moral bankruptcy, if not in the monetary sense, then in the spiritual sense.