Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Who suffers most from Willy's delusions? Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Undoubtedly, the person who suffers the most from Willy's delusions is his wife Linda. Although this may be an arguable observation, the evidence in the novel points at this being quite probable.

The character of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a sixty year old man who has achieved very little in life because he has embarked in a never-ending quest to hit his version of the American Dream: One which can be obtained quickly and painlessly if only one is well-liked and good looking.

Living under that philosophy, Willy has brought more grief than joy into his household: He has raised two sons under his "spell", turning them into immature womanizers. He also has cheated on his wife in the quest of being "well-liked" and "popular", and he has brought  little earnings to their finances. After all, Willy has done nothing but to live off his "dreams" of making it big, which are wrong from the beginning.

With time, Willy's illusions have turned into delusions. Literally. Now in...

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