In the play “Death of a Salesman” written by Arthur Miller, Miller explores many different society-accepted views, but most importantly his focus is on material success, parenting and marketplace morality.
Throughout the play Miller focuses on material success as being key to displaying ones accomplishments in life, this proves to be true in today’s society. Success of an individual is sadly measured threw material possessions; cars, houses, land, and name brands are all factors that flaunt to others of ones accomplishments in life. People devote their entire lives trying to be “materially successful”. In the play Willy tries to do just that, after working hard for a company for thirty years, he finds himself living barley getting by and struggling to pay bills.
The pressure to be successful is more prevalent then ever in today’s society then it was during the plays time. Willy’s view of success was his entire outlook on life. “ Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you’ll never want.” (Miller page 1224) This quote is what Willy strived to live by, it influenced the way he worked and the way he choose to bring up his children. Biff and Happy were told Willy’s work mentality on a daily basis, thus when they got older Biff rebelled against his fathers dream of success, while Happy embraced it and still was not content.
Throughout the play, it is seen that Miller’s view on parenting is that, without installing family values, and without necessary emotional connection between family members unsuccessful parent and child relationships are often founded.
“ Because sometimes I’m afraid, I’m afraid that I’m not teaching them the right kind of-…” This quote best shows Willy’s self doubt, with his discussion with Ben about raising his two sons, Willy realizes that his mistakes have had influenced his sons dramatically, and refuses to come to...