Journal #1 for Death of a Salesman
following assignment for Tuesday, March 8.
Willy's Character--Discuss how he's developed in the
play and touch on several, if not all of the following:
- What in particular seem to be Willy's most pressing
needs? Are those needs only material and financial or also psychological?
What does Willy really want?
- What is the origin of his needs and desires? How
does the figure of Willy's father function in the determination of his
character and his desires? Are there any ironies in the "streak of
self-reliance" (81) in Willy's father?
- How does Willy expect to have his desires satisfied
by the sales profession? What does he misunderstand concerning the sales
profession and the business world in general?