This is an American play written by Arthur Miller in 1949.The salesman of the play is Willy Loman, a man in his early sixties, almost at his retirement age.When people accept an ideal to live by it can be a glorious and noble thing unless they become so obsessed with the ideal that it becomes a yolk and they are unable to realize their dream.
Regardless of his length service, travelling from his New York base all through New England while in duty, he has never enjoyed any significant achievement in his job.
He is in financial challenges, struggling even to pay the mortgage.
Thus in order to please god and himself he had to accumulate wealth and objects.
The consumer oriented society in which Willy lives will not allow him to live the American Dream. His desire for goods makes him want objects that he neither needed nor could afford. Furthermore he punished those who did not work towards that ideal or accomplish it, such as Biff, his son, and most importantly himself.
The has portrayed Willy as the most desperate old man, which is a great lesson to everyone.
Though Arthur Miller has written great plays before, this play has remained as a film of all seasons.
He struggled to achieve something that he could not; he did not have the talent to be a salesman.
He became so obsessed with living the dream that he was unable to be content with his talents in carpentry and with his family.
He pursed the ideal rather than living it and thus is unable to succeed.
Willie Loman, in Death of a Salesman, has lived his life in pursuit of the American dream.