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December 6, 2005

Death of a Salesman finish

Miller, Death of a Salesman -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Charley: You dont understand. Willy was a salesman And for a salesmen there is no rock bottom in life. He dont put a bolt to a nut, he dont tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine. And when they start not smiling back-there's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished. Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream. It comes with the territory."

What charley says about Willy is all too true. Willy was a salesman and a salesmen puts on a good face no matter what. That was just what Willy was doing in the midst of all that had happened to him in his life and with his family. He was just dreaming of something different he would never acheive.

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December 4, 2005

Death of a Salesman Act 1

Miller, Death of a Salesman -- Drama as Literature (EL 250)

Willy: Bernard is not well liked, is he?

Biff: He's liked, but he's not well liked.

Willy: That's just what I mean. Bernard can get the best marks in school, y'understand, but when he gets out in the business world, y'understand, you are goin to be five times ahead of him. Be liked and you'll never want.

I read Death of a Salesman when i was a junior in highschool. My memory of it is a little bad but i do remember one thing about Willy. He had an obsession with being a well liked person. He doesnt feel he is well liked in his business and it discourages him so he wants Biff and Happy to be well liked so they make it. Later in act 1 you can see that this "well liked" thing is just something he was searching for from his brother and father, the people who abandoned Willy to begin with.

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