The main themes in the play still ring in today’s society.
Where Biff is the more sensitive side of Willy, Happy would appear to be Willy’s more rational and practical side.
Happy is driven to succeed and is willing to give in to any societal pressures which enable his success.
Arthur Miller wrote the play in 1949 and after its premier on Broadway, the play went on to bag the playwright numerous awards.
Until today, the play is always considered as one of the greatest American plays and ranked among classics.
Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ is a complex and conflicted character.
He finds himself at odds with his surroundings, his values, and even his family, at times.
The play is a critique of the popular ‘American Dream’, and of the rather competitive and materialistic 1940’s American society.
In the story line, Miller features the main character, Willy Loman, who is an average man who tries hard to hide his average state and his failures behind grandeur delusions in his quest to become a “success” (Murphy p 5).
I will discuss how he plays the American parent who wants to manipulate and model his sons to become just like him and follow his ways as is the case in many societal settings, like for example, many join the army simply because their father’s lineage has been in the army since way back in the days of the Civil War.
It will also show a different character in his son who breaks out of the tyranny and mediocre thinking to embrace the real world and live his own course.