Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person . This is the play’s direct cry to human dignity. The thesis of Linda’s speech – and of Salesman as a whole – is that all men deserve respect and attention. No human being is disposable.
Linda’s remark at the play’s end means that they ‘ re now free of debt; the mortgage on the house has been paid, evidently with insurance money from Willy’s death. All their lives together, they have struggled to make ends meet; finally the family has some money but only because Willy chose suicide.
Character Analysis Linda Loman Linda is a woman in an awkward situation. She knows that Willy is suicidal, irrational, and difficult to deal with; however, she goes along with Willy’s fantasies in order to protect him from the criticism of others, as well as his own self-criticism. Linda is Willy’s champion.
Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be . . . when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am .
So attention must be paid. He’s not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must be finally paid to such a person. In one of the key speeches of the play, Linda tries to persuade her son Biff to reconcile with his father and show Willy more respect.
This is why Biff goes to Bill Oliver to ask him for a loan of $10,000 that would be put towards a down payment for Biff and his brother, Happy, to start a business together.
Situational Irony Willy ends up committing suicide after deciding that he is not living up to his dreams. He believed the insurance money would help his son, Biff, begin a successful career; however, the insurance money never materialized because the death was a suicide.
What is ironic about Linda’s wondering why no one came to the funeral? Throughout the play, Linda was the only character who consistently knew the truth. She knew that Willy’s sales never equaled his claims. Of all people, she should be least surprised that no one would attend the funeral.
Why did Biff decide to leave for good ? He was tired of supporting his parents. His dad kicked him out. He wanted to give his father peace of mind.
Despite his name, Happy Loman is a very unhappy young man. He has an apartment, car, and women, yet these are just objects to him. Happy has not achieved the success he had hoped for at work, though he inflates his position to make himself look better.
The character of Linda Loman can be held responsible for Willy’s decline due to her contradictions , the fact she is too protective/motherly towards him and restrains herself from stopping Willy from committing suicide.
There really isn’t one person who is to blame for Willy’s death. There are a combination of factors that led Willy to kill himself. Willy was consumed with his own conception of the American dream; the play chronicles his sprialing downfall.
A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man. He works for a company thirty-six years this March, opens up unheard-of territories to their trademark, and now in his old age they take his salary away. Arthur Miller obviously intended Willy Loman to symbolize the truth about capitalism.
What am I doing in an office , making a contemptuous , begging fool of myself, when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am ! Why can’t I say that, Willy?” (Biff 105).
Walked into a jungle and comes out, the age of twenty-one, and he’s rich! This is a principal refrain for Ben . Although Willy is the first one to use this line , Ben repeats it many times throughout the play, making it clear that Ben is only a figment of Willy’s imagination.