Willy Loman is a character in which novel?

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Willy Loman is the protagonist in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. An aged salesman with two adult sons, Willy reflects upon his pursuit of the American Dream and his ever-present optimism in the face of adversity and failure. Ultimately, however, his fantasies and dreams pollute reality and Willy becomes increasingly incapable of separating the two. His refusal to accept reality becomes his own downfall and ruins his relationships with his wife, his sons, his neighbors, and even his clients. His disintegrating mentality and grasp of reality leave him with few options, leading to the climactic end foreshadowed in the title.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Willy Loman is not actually a character in a novel.  He is the title character in the play "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller.

In this play, Willy Loman is a 63 year old salesman who does not like the way his life is going.  He regards himself as a failure because he has not succeeded in his business the way that he had always thought that he would.

Because he feels like a failure, and because he thinks that he can make some money for his family, he commits suicide.  He thinks that this way his family will get money from his insurance policy and he will finally do them some good.