Desperation of Tragic Suicide Essay

This essay has a total of 1009 words and 4 pages.

Willy?s short coming and false dreams have a significant impact on his suicide. Lack of
family support, complications within his life, and the imperfections within his view of
the American dream coincides with his false hope throughout the book. Willy?s tragic flaws
in Death of a Salesman trigger his suicide.

Willy?s attempt to acquire the American Dream ultimately makes himself his greatest enemy.
His continuous web of lies and false hope derive from his ideology to boast himself, so he
can make himself better than who he actually is. He believes that ?the man who makes an
appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who
gets ahead? and this is an insufficient way of thinking (Miller 21). His standards of
being successful are having good looks and being well liked; however, he cannot live up to
his own standards. Author Fred Ribkoff states, ?[H]e is driven by the feelings of
inadequacy and failure to seek himself outside of himself, in the eyes of others?.

Ben had a significant impact on Willy?s life even after his death. To Willy, Ben
represents the success that he never had. Author Steven R. Centola suggests that, ?[B]en
embodies more than just the image of success in Willy?s mind; he also represents the road
not taken. In other words he is, in many ways, Willy?s alter ego?. Willy constantly drowns
in his regrets of not reaching success like his brother did. He always wonders ?Why didn?t
I go to Alaska with my brother Ben that time!?(Miller 27). Willy would find himself
calling to his deceased brother asking Ben ?what is the answer? or ?how do you achieve
success? and Ben is not alive to help him. Even when Willy was fired from his job he asks
Ben, how to reach success. Lack of family support and Willy not knowing the answers to his
brother?s instant success leaves Willy traumatized. Willy?s life complications leave him
with no guiding hand in dealing with his burdens.

Those closest to Willy never confront him about his tragic flaws, thus leading Willy to
contemplate suicide. When Willy deliberately gets into a car crash on his way home from
work, Linda says ?[M]aybe it?s your glasses?, making an excuse, instead of questioning
the reason for his frequent accidents (Miller 3). Linda?s flaws impact Willy?s false
pride. She makes Willy believe his outlook on life is justified by supporting his
distorted reality. Linda should be more realistic with Willy instead of trying to pacify
his flaws. Willy even admits he is fat and foolish, but Linda replies, ?[Y]ou?re the
handsomest man in the world? (Miller 24). Linda is the wood that fuels Willy?s fire of
false pride. How can Willy ever understand he is living in a fantasy world, when his wife
is making excuses for his faults? Linda even admits to her sons that ?[H]e?s been trying
to kill himself? but she does not confront Willy (Miller 42). She doesn?t understand how
to handle it, so she pushes the blame onto her son, Biff, saying that he turned his back
on his father. She is filled with excuses. Being the loyal wife that she is, she should
have a serious talk with her husband about his suicide problem instead of pushing the
blame around. Due to Linda sugar coating her husband?s flaws, he ultimately dies. He
lacked guidance and help in a time of desperate need.

Charley?s generosity towards Willy makes Willy feel less successful. Willy?s has to lie to
his family about his neighbor Charley giving him fifty dollars a week, thus, making Willy
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