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Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller
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How unconscious is Willy in Death of a Salesman?

Willy Loman is an extremely unconscious individual who refuses to accept the reality of his situation or accurately judge his sons. Willy is completely delusional and experiences hallucinations, which allow him to briefly escape the present and avoid facing the truth.

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Willy Loman is depicted as an irrational person, who struggles to come to terms with the fact that he is not a successful salesman or father. Willy Loman refuses to accept the bleak reality of his situation, attempts to suppress his negative thoughts, and continually hallucinates. By hallucinating and reminiscing...

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Willy Loman is depicted as an irrational person, who struggles to come to terms with the fact that he is not a successful salesman or father. Willy Loman refuses to accept the bleak reality of his situation, attempts to suppress his negative thoughts, and continually hallucinates. By hallucinating and reminiscing about the past, Willy is able to briefly escape reality and ignore his failures.

Willy continually speaks to his deceased brother and attempts to relive Biff's adolescence. He refuses to acknowledge the truth about his sons, continually offends his loyal, supportive wife, and is too prideful to accept a job offer from his generous neighbor Charley. Willy's delusion also prevents him from engaging in meaningful conversations with Biff and accurately judging his sons.

Willy also believes that Biff and Happy can run a sporting goods store in Florida and become successful business partners. He also thinks that Howard will allow him to work closer to home and thank him for his years of loyal service. Willy also believes that committing suicide will solve all of his family's problems and finally win Biff's approval.

Given Willy's inability to face the truth and his delusional beliefs regarding the success of his sons, one can argue that he is extremely unconscious to the reality of his life. Willy's lack of self-awareness and ignorance regarding his situation is what makes him an unconscious individual. Tragically, Willy refuses to face reality; he decides to commit suicide in hopes that his family will admire his sacrifice.

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