Death of a Salesman - Willy's Ideals

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“Willy Loman is destroyed by his own ideals” Willy Loman is a travelling salesman who has worked for the Wagner firm for 34 years. He is now 61 years old and his job has been taken off salary and put on commission. He has a family and he boasts to them that he is “vital in New England,” but in fact he isn’t vital anywhere. Willy has many strong beliefs that he strives to achieve. He …

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…esteem and the only person that really doesn’t love him is himself. Willy had great goals (ideals) in practice, but the only thing that he didn’t realize is that if he didn’t achieve those goals it wouldn’t be the end of the world. Willy took it a step to far though, he thought that his life wasn’t worth living anymore, therefore Willy Loman was definitely destroyed by his own ideals.