History YMMV / DeathOfASalesman

6th May '17 12:36:21 PM fruitstripegum
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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault or the result of forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of an underperforming employee.
27th Apr '17 8:57:39 AM RobTan
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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault or the result of forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of a useless employee.

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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault or the result of forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of a useless an underperforming employee.
27th Apr '17 8:56:03 AM RobTan
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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault orthe result of forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of a useless employee.

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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault orthe or the result of forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of a useless employee.
27th Apr '17 8:54:45 AM RobTan
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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault of nobody's fault.

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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault orthe result of nobody's fault.forces beyond any one man's control. Even his boss who cuts his pay and fires him isn't out to get Willy, he's just doing what any business owner would do and getting rid of a useless employee.
27th Apr '17 8:50:58 AM RobTan
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* NoAntagonist: All of Willy's problems are either his own fault of nobody's fault.
14th Jun '16 11:47:39 AM CJCroen1393
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* RedemptionEqualsDeath: Played With. Willy plans for his death to obtain big insurance money for his family to compensate for all the grief he caused for them or/and so he can live his ideals through Biff. A defied trope since he really gains nothing out of it.




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* TheWoobie: The entire Loman family, but Biff and Linda stand out.
26th Dec '15 4:35:55 PM nombretomado
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* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Some argue that rather than being a deconstruction of the AmericanDream, the play comes off as more of a reconstruction of the American Dream the way Bernard's character is presented. He's portrayed as being diligent, studious, and hard-working to the point of criticizing Biff for blowing off school. Willy and his family on the other hand, while they dream big, don't seem willing to put in the effort needed to live the lives they want. In the end, Bernard's work ethic pays off and he grows up to be a wealthy lawyer and Willy is dependent on his money.

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* AlternateAesopInterpretation: Some argue that rather than being a deconstruction of the AmericanDream, UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream, the play comes off as more of a reconstruction of the American Dream the way Bernard's character is presented. He's portrayed as being diligent, studious, and hard-working to the point of criticizing Biff for blowing off school. Willy and his family on the other hand, while they dream big, don't seem willing to put in the effort needed to live the lives they want. In the end, Bernard's work ethic pays off and he grows up to be a wealthy lawyer and Willy is dependent on his money.



** Another reading, though certainly not Miller's intent, is that the AmericanDream is ultimately played brutally ''straight'' in Willy's case. If the American Dream implies change above all else, mainly the change from poor to rich, then it certainly also implies that those seeking to achieve it may need to change what they're doing to achieve it. Rather than find a new career, develop new skills, or make himself useful in a different area of his current field that wasn't dying, Willy blundered ahead as a travelling salesman (though he did try to get a desk job), always believing that the Dream was in reach if he could only become sufficiently well-liked. According to this reading, the Dream didn't fail Willy, Willy failed the Dream.

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** Another reading, though certainly not Miller's intent, is that the AmericanDream UsefulNotes/TheAmericanDream is ultimately played brutally ''straight'' in Willy's case. If the American Dream implies change above all else, mainly the change from poor to rich, then it certainly also implies that those seeking to achieve it may need to change what they're doing to achieve it. Rather than find a new career, develop new skills, or make himself useful in a different area of his current field that wasn't dying, Willy blundered ahead as a travelling salesman (though he did try to get a desk job), always believing that the Dream was in reach if he could only become sufficiently well-liked. According to this reading, the Dream didn't fail Willy, Willy failed the Dream.
9th Nov '15 7:06:04 PM TotemicHero
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* HarsherInHindsight: The play disturbingly turned out to be somewhat predictive, as [[http://www.vox.com/2015/11/7/9684928/angus-deaton-white-mortality a 2015 study]] revealed that many, many middle-aged men in the U.S. were basically going through a 21st century version of what Willy Loman went through, with tragic consequences. So many deaths of so many "salesmen"...
22nd Feb '15 10:41:09 PM BillyDeeWilliams
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** Another reading, though certainly not Miller's intent, is that the AmericanDream is ultimately played brutally ''straight'' in Willy's case. If the American Dream implies change above all else, mainly the change from poor to rich, then it certainly also implies that those seeking to achieve it may need to change what they're doing to achieve it. Rather than find a new career, develop new skills, or make himself useful in a different area of his current field that wasn't dying, Willy blundered ahead as a travelling salesman (though he did try to get a desk job), always believing that the Dream was in reach if he could only become sufficiently well-liked. According to this reading, the Dream didn't fail Willy, Willy failed the Dream.
16th Nov '14 12:29:00 PM Bobchillingworth
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** Between his memory loss, hallucinations, random emotional outbursts and difficulty operating even relatively simple machinery, Willy appears to be suffering from some undiagnosed form of dementia, possibly early-onset Alzheimers.
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