Thus in order to please god and himself he had to accumulate wealth and objects.
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.
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.
The story also ironically compares the Charley and Willy skills of bring up children. This film is not one of the clips one would like to watch.
Unlike Charley who takes very little attention on his lone son, Bernard, Willy puts all his attention on his sons. From the heading, one can get a hint of what will eventually happen, which develops a sad feeling to the viewers.
Willy judged himself and those around him by their material accumulation, as is demanded by capitalism and the protestant work ethic.
The ethic demands accumulation and work as signs of favor in the eyes of god.
His elder son, Biff looked brilliant both the in academic and sporting at tender age, but failed to secure a place in university after failing to perform in mathematics exam, and since then has remained an itinerant drifter, shifting between dead-end careers.
Happy, Biff’s young brother better placed in life than Biff, but his personal life is a selfish, cynical womanizer. It is at this point when they play reveals the reason behind the failure of Biff. Willy is portrayed as the man to blame for Biff’s failure.