Death of a Salesman: †Social Commentary
What is Miller suggesting about the system?
WILLY:† ĎWork a lifetime to pay off a house.† You finally own it, & thereís no one to live in ití (1473).
WILLY:† ĎPopulation is getting out of control.† The competition is maddening!† Smell the stink from that apartment house!í (1474).
HAPPY:† ĎAll I can do now is wait for the merchandise manager to die.† And suppose I get to be merchandise manager?† Heís a good friend of mine, and he just built a terrific estate on Long Island.† And he lived there about two months and sold it, and now heís building another one.† He canít enjoy it once itís finished.† And I know thatís just what I would doí (1478).
WILLY:† ĎOnce in my life I would like to own something outright before itís broken!† Iím always in a race with the junkyard!† I just finished paying for the car and itís on its last legs.† The refrigerator consumes belts like itís a goddam maniac.† They time those things.† They time them so when you finally paid for them theyíre used upí (1504).