Willy Loman, despite living comfortably, has a constant desire to attain more pleasure, which can come in the form of wealth and emotional validation. This was clearly to seek the emotional validation he wasn’t getting from Linda.One instant that proves this statement to be true is when readers find out that Willy was unfaithful to his wife. As for wealth, he always poke about the possibility of getting a promotion: “If old man Wagner was alive I’d be in charge of New York by now!
” (Miller, 14) While Willy may have a decent paying job and can afford to pay his bills, he continuously complains about a lack of promotion while doing nothing substantial to attain it.
His job is a part of the stereotypical American Dream and something he enjoys; yet it’s still not enough to satisfy his inner desires.
Obvious signs of his hard work are laid out in the book, which includes his mansion, lavish parties, and his clothing and belongings.
However, there are also many subtle signs of his work ethic.
Gatsby found illegal methods through which he attained a higher social status.
“I found out what your ‘drug stores’ were” (, pg 141) Here, Tom confirms that Gatsby made his way up the social class-ladder through unethical means.He drives a long way for his job, despite the frustration with the extensive distance, “I’ll have to send a wire to Portland.I’m supposed to see Brown and Morrison tomorrow morning at ten o’clock to show the line” (Miller, page 14) Here, Willy shows dedication despite his own exhaustion and age.Willy’s belief about success overpower Biff’s own passions, which leads to a poor relationship between the two characters, “Hap, he’s got to understand I’m not the man somebody lends that kind of money to.” (Miller, pg 105).Willy’s disapproval of his son’s career comes from his own definition of success.He has already achieved the financial goal that most people strive for, his obsession for Daisy persists. ’ ‘Gatsby bought that house so that Daisy would be just across the bay.’ “ (Fitzgerald, 83) Daisy is his ultimate goal, but even when he is in a relationship with her, he still expects more commitment and genuine affection from her.At the same time, Gatsby’s dialogue clearly shows his passion for her, and he even moves houses for her.Willy continues to support the company by saying he is crucial in another location and then talks about his ‘important’ responsibilities afterwards. I’m vital in New England.” (Miller, pg 14) He implies that he is crucial to the company, which also reveals his lack of trust in Linda.Since the American Dream is based off working hard, Willy believes that convincing his family that’s he’s important to the company is the same as achieving it in his own mind. By lying, he is trying to prove that the American dream is easily attainable if one continues to work hard.He’ll never be happy with what he has, just like he can never grab the green light.Overall, despite his high social class, he continued to desire more.