Death of a Salesman Themes at a Glance

Death of a Salesman key themes:

  • In Death of a Salesman, Willy, Biff, and Hap struggle to reconcile their images of themselves with reality.

  • Willy constantly strives to be financially and socially successful but fails to recognize that his ideas of success do not fit with social expectations.

  • Willy’s struggle to rise out of poverty and achieve success exemplifies the American Dream.

  • Willy’s inability to reconcile his delusions of grandeur with his actual station in life creates an inner conflict.

  • Willy pursues the American Dream in vain.


Appearances vs. Reality
What appears to be true to the characters in Death of a Salesman is often a far cry from reality,...

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