Arthur Miller’s modern classic Death of a Salesman is a poignant drama of frustrated ambition, and the breakdown of a family. Willy Loman is a traveling salesman who has never achieved the success of his brother, who took risks to make his fortune. As Willy begins to lose control of his driving abilities, he and his wife, Linda, agree that he should ask his boss for a desk job. However Willy instead loses his position completely, and descends into madness - talking to his late brother, asking the impossible of his sons, Biff and Happy, and contemplating suicide. As Willy becomes increasingly desperate, he sees his own failure reflected in the troubles of his grown children. Miller’s use of flashbacks reveal the haunted past of the Loman family, reinforcing and cementing Willy’s tragic spiral downwards. Death of a Salesman continues to move readers and theatergoers with its insights into the darker side of the American dream, and its compassion for its struggling characters.