Significance of Symbolism in Death of a Salesman

So, all these misguided dreams and unwanted urges should be hidden in the deep ‘holes’ in the mind, blocked by achievable dreams and positive thoughts. So, achievable dreams should be ‘watered’ and grown while misguided dreams should be ‘weeded’ out in the ‘germinating stage’ itself. In real life or in fictional life, there have been many individuals or characters, who had these misguided dreams eventually succumbing to it. One of the fictional characters who ‘seeded’ his mind with the misguided American Dream, and thereby destructed his life is Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. So, this paper will analyze how Willy Loman due to his misguided American Dream destructed his own life, and also how his attempt of Anagnorisism or self-realization to correct his negative actions caused by the misguided dreams also ended in failure.Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller and premiered in 1949, is considered one of the classic plays of American theater. At that time and even now, the play was viewed as a scathing attack on the American Dream of achieving wealth and success without showing importance to principles. It addresses this misguided American dream through the painful conflicts that happen within a family of four. Willy Loman is the patriarch of the family, his wife is Linda Loman and they have two sons, Biff Loman and Happy Loman. Willy Loman is an insecure and self-deluding traveling salesman, whose life becomes miserable as he fails both in his professional as well as in his personal life. That is, even though working as a salesman for many years, he did not achieve any worthwhile results, making less than expected sales. This underperformance only pushes a junior executive to fire him. Willy takes offense when a junior executive questions him about the targets and dismisses him from the job.