The Death of Success: Willy Loman and the Longing for Satisfaction

By Sarah McDaniel, Class of 2017

In the age we live in, people measure themselves through their achievements. While this can be helpful as motivation to work hard, worldly achievements only bring temporary happiness. Soon enough, one achievement is finished and another has to be found. The satisfaction of true success seems to be unattainable.

For example, in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the main character, Willy Loman, struggles his entire life trying to find success. Throughout the play he looks for something tangible, like money or respect. However, he dies unhappy because he is never able to achieve success in these areas.

But what if there was a way to feel success all the time, no matter what?

What Willy Loman was missing was something greater than tangible success; he was missing the love that can only be found in Christ. If Loman had found Christ, he would have found that even though he was not rich or respected by all, he would have felt successful because he was loved by God in Christ.

The root of the human struggle is trying to achieve success without Christ. Without him, the satisfaction of true success will always elude us.

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