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Ben's Lead Role in Willy Loman's Suicidal Mind: Exploring Death of a Salesman via Freud
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities, English.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

As is evident from the title of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949), the protagonist of the play, the salesman Willy Loman, will die. This essay will investigate what role Ben, Willy’s deceased brother, plays in Willy’s suicide. The thesis is that Willy needs Ben’s support in order to commit suicide and therefore needs to bring Ben’s values, at the possible expense of his wife Linda’s, into his superego. Ben is, to Willy, a true example of the American Dream, as he was a very successful businessman. Willy’s ego (or rational mind) seems to realize that his superego (or conscience) needs to replace the humane values of Linda with the economic values of Ben, in order to justify his motivation of an “economically beneficial” suicide. When Willy arrives at his final conclusion of how his favorite son Biff would financially benefit from his “accidental” suicide and thereby being able to attain Willy’s version of the American Dream, the evidence brought forth may suggest that Willy, at that point, allows Ben full access into his mind.

       Willy’s mind will be investigated via Freud’s triple model of the psyche; the id, the ego and the superego.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 31 p.
Keyword [en]
Willy Loman, Ben, Death of a Salesman, suicide, id, ego, superego, Freud, conscious, preconscious, unconsciuos
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Languages and Literature
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-22717OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hig-22717DiVA: diva2:1045525
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English
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no programme (freestanding course)
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2016-11-07, Internet, 18:23 (English)
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Available from: 2016-12-14 Created: 2016-11-09 Last updated: 2016-12-14Bibliographically approved

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