Pitiful Happy Loman of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Death Salesman essays
The Pitiful Happy Loman of Death of a Salesman

����� In Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Happy Loman is

distinguished by his exorbitant insecurity.� He constantly relies on other

people's opinions to make his own decisions.� His degrading attitude

towards women makes him an immature man.� The reason his is so insecure is

because of the example that is set by his father, Willy.

����� Happy is always following the opinions of other people.� Whether

it's his father Willy, or his mother Linda, he consistently makes sure that

his opinion coincides with everyone else's.� When Willy asks Biff if Oliver

gave him a good welcome, Happy intrudes, crying "Sure, pop, sure (107)."

He continues to tell lies to his father because he wants to agree with him

and make him happy (107-8).� When Happy and Biff come home after deserting

their father at the restaurant, Happy attempts to cool his mom's anger by

saying "But, Mom, he had a great time with us...(120)"� By telling people

what they want to hear, Happy thinks he will be well liked and accepted.

����� Happy's approach to women is quite despicable.� Rather than trying

to settle down with someone, he goes through one girl after another.� All

that he cares about is having sex with women, not about having a

relationship.� Happy brags to his brother about his conquest of sleeping

with women who are engaged to be married (25).� In a conniving attempt to

pick her up, he lies to the girl in the restaurant saying, "I sell

champagne, and I'd like you to try my brand.� Bring her a champagne,

Stanley (101)."� He eventually deserts his father at the restaurant,

rushing the girls out, eager to make a move on one (115).� Happy needs to

grow up and start treating women like people, not pieces of meat.

����� Happy's insecurity stems from his father's behavior towards him.

When Happy was in high school, Willy didn't pay as much attention to him as

he did to Biff.� In Willy's eyes, Happy wasn't good enough.� Therefore,

Happy was always trying live up to his expectations and please him.� He

would repeat such comments as "I'm losing weight, you notice, Pop?(29)"

Willy instilled the idea in Happy: "Be liked and you will never want (33)."

With these kind of values being taught to him by his father, it's no wonder

why Happy acts so insecure.

����� Happy needs to find better ways of dealing with situations other

than lying his way through it.� My philosophy is that your own happiness

comes before everyone else's.� He should focus on his own views, not

persistently try to match the views others.