Death of a Salesman

Mike Hutchesson

In the play "Death of a Salesman", the main character, Willy Loman is not respected and becomes very troubled. Biff Loman and Willy never get along. Biff does not respect Willy and calls him a fake. Biff knows that Willy has been unfaithful to his wife. Biff catches Willy in a hotel room with another woman. This causes Biff to lose even more respect for Willy.

Willy lies to his wife about his income when he is really borrowing money from his brother Charley to pay his bills. This causes Charley to lose respect for his own brother. The people that Willy works with, including his boss (Howard) do not respect Willy. Willy comes to Howard to ask for a job where he does not have to travel as much, but Howard does not take Willy seriously and tells him that he has to see other people and then leaves. This shows a great lack of respect towards Willy. Many people, important in Willy's life, do not respect him. Willy does not accept responsibility for being treated with disrespect. Willy has a poor work ethic which causes him to lose his job. He tries to escape reality by being unfaithful. His method of dealing with his problems brings on more problems. Therefore he becomes very frustrated and troubled.