We all remember the movie Death of a Salesman where Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid and a young John Malkovich bring the most incredible raw emotion to the big screen. It portrays the relationship between a father and son through work, love and everyday life. Hoffman is a salesman who travels the state and perhaps beyond – I can’t quite remember. In any case, he spends 35 years of his life working for one company which eventually “puts him out to pasture”. He gives his life, invests in the brand and the organisation and sacrifices family and personality for the next sale. Hoffman, whose character is fondly known as Willy Lowman, prides himself on being one of the best salesmen in the country. He is known for boasting about the fact that he does not need to stand in line. When people hear that Willy is in the office, they welcome him in.
On the surface, it appears that Willy is the quintessential salesman. He understands his clients, his clients love him and this becomes his life, so much so that he wants his high achieving son to follow in his footsteps. This desire seems to cloud his decisions and his relationship not only with his son, but his wife and his second son as well.