Why is popularity so important to Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller?

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Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller has become an antihero in American drama.  An antihero is a protagonist who does meet the criteria for a hero, yet who struggles to be better in his life. Loman’s struggles are the reason that this  award winning play still finds success with audiences.

Throughout his life, Willy values three things: his appearance, luck, and popularity.  Willy has always been obsessed with material achievement which he has had very little of in his life. To be successful in work, Willy felt that a person needed to be popular and look attractive. 

A perfect example of his attitude toward work comes from  his feelings toward work.  The death of one of the successful salesmen in Willy’s company shows the man's popularity.  The ultimate achievement in a man’s life was to have his funeral so well attended. 

Willy still believes in the American dream. However, he was a very insecure man. Over and over, he...

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