As a result, he praises Biff in one breath, while criticizing him in the next. Thosewho have Bipolar Disorder and have become successful have had a diagnosis of their mental disorder and therefore know how to constructively confront it. The pitiful salesman kills himself, thinking that Biff will use the life insurance money to start a business. Time trends in adolescent well-being. However, though Willy must make some small realization toward the end of the play, we hesitate to label it as full blown anagnorisis. Hence, it seems fair to claim that Willy's suicide is an expression of his power.
This is the type of man Willy aspires to become and this is why he chose sales as his occupation. But at the age of sixty- three and nearing retirement, Willy is seen as a man who gave all of his life to a business, only to be thrown in the scrap-heap and as a house holder whose pattern of life was interwoven with installment plans with which he could hardly catch up. The first thing I want to do is clearly define the disorder before turning towards the play itself. Willy has lived a life of shame which has resulted in his weakened self image, he is no longer sure if he even still possesses the one tool essential to his trade-a good personality. He allowed his son to have a reckless attitude that eventually landed him in hot water that would burn bridges faster than Willy could put them out. However, it was not an ill-fated destiny that drove Willy to devastate his own life as well as the lives of those he loved; it was his distorted set of values. A Greek tragedy is a sad story, which represents a character with a tragic flaw leading to his downfall.
Contrary to his expectation, he was at first, demoted; and then dismissed by Howard. Psychological Profile Of Willy Loman Willy Loman, the protagonist of Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, is one of the most recognizable characters in American drama. But the feeling of failure overrides him when he learns about the loss of his job. Death of Salesman, by Arthur Miller, fits the characteristics of classic tragedy. Willy therefore does not recognize his mental illness and thusly cannot receive a personal understanding of this disablement or any form of treatment.
We all know the money isn't going to be used to start a business. As seen in the play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman, the main-character, falls victim to this evil trait. In the initial scenes of Act 1, Willy has returned from a business trip because he cannot concentrate when driving, and has nearly driven off the road. It is this trait that prevents him from accepting a steady job with Charlie, something that could have saved his life. These people are left at a disadvantage; unaware of their true mental state.
For the early immigrants the American Dream was a better life not with material goods, but by freedom. This essay will support this thesis by drawing on examples from Medea by Euripedes, Poetics by Aristotle, Oedipus Rex by Sophocles, and Shakespeare's Julius Caesar, while comments by Moss, Gordon, and Nourse reinforce the thesis. The interactions between Linda and Willy are full of an unacknowledged but agonizing anxiety that pervades the whole of the play until the tragic climax. People look to what is simple and familiar when trying to gain a sense of individuality. He was never given the chance to feel the joy of owing his own home. Miller himself seems to be saying that this is not necessarily a bad thing; this society is not that wonderful. The first comlication which occurs in Act I, is when the reader acknowledges that Willy put his whole life into his sons, Biff and Happy, and they turned their backs on him.
While in the garden, talking with a hallucination of his brother Ben, he deludes himself into thinking that we will be a big hero if he kills himself for the insurance money, and he has a notion that his funeral will be large, that many people will come and remember the successful Willy Loman although it has been a very long time since he has actually been a successful seller. A Psychological Reading of Death of A Salesman Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman can be seen as an eulogy of a dreamer, which depicts one man's tragic life and death as he tries to bring his family into grace. He never says it directly, but at some point—probably after Howard fires him—he must realize that he's just never going to succeed in business. The point is, Willy is still deluded when he kills himself. The answer is simple: Today we have stretched the psychiatric definition of depressive disorder to encompass normal human sadness. He did not make his family his number one priority.
Functioning in a normal society becomes more difficult due to the fact that the individual now has the immense obstacle of an undiagnosed mental disorder in their way. But Willy turned his back upon Happy's persistent call to an equivalent amount of attention from him. Conceptions of mania and depression have been represented throughout history in medical literature and regular literature dating from ancient times to present. The show's director suggested to Miller that Hoffman had the potential to make a great Willy Loman. President Franklin Roosevelt explained the American Dream as freedom of speech, freedom of religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. That final delusion is almost worse than his death itself.
This does not keep him from multiple attempts. Willy loved his sons, but in particular he loved Biff Loman a bit more. This statement reveals a state of self depletion, which the character is not truly aware of. Their relationship is the emotional lynchpin of the production. Willy has begun to run his car off the road and often forgets his destination. Nevertheless, while trying to achieve economic freedom he ends up becoming trapped in the process.
As mentioned before, I do not believe Miller intended to write Willy as bipolar, or if he did, he did not necessarily have a name for what Willy suffered from. They may believe other people are reading their minds, controlling their thoughts, or plotting to harm them. In this way Willy Loman came to see how his own sons are disrespecting and neglecting him. In addition, Willy's psychotic features are extremely relevant to many symptoms of psychosis, such as acts of disordered or nonexistent senses of reality Strickland 79. Willy never influenced Biff to try hard in school, but instead grew his ego. It seems Willy would rather kill himself than accept the fact that really, honestly, all his son wants is some shirtless sweaty time in Midwestern haystacks.
Although, the psychological standpoint concludes that Willy is not destroyed by society but his own personal unconsciousness. In another time, Willy Loman might have been a happy carpenter. In the case of Mr. Willy is constantly at ends with refrigerators that breakdown, and a car that is in perennial despair. Miller uses several motifs to develop his theme, which is that people who are suffering, but continue not to be mindful of their actions and ideals, and not adapt to the current situation, will continue to suffer. Willy never receives any of these rewards because of the changing capitalistic society in which he lives.