Death of a Salesman is an Expressionist play that describes characters whose mental world is given to us as physical reality on stage as physical reality on stage. They live in a dream-like world, where there is no border between a fantasy and reality, they switch them and they function in this distorted and imaginary world, which is their own reality. Willy is a typical representative of a character, functioning in a distorted reality. He shifts back and fourth between the past and the present, mingling memory with the reality. He represents "the tragedy of a common man", because he lives in his own imaginary world, overwhelmed by guilt as a result of painful memories from the past and disappointments of the present and he is unable to face the reality, and in so doing, to deal with it, to accept it or to change it somehow.

Willy is a typical working middle -class man. He has a nice family and wants to be a good father and husband. They have a nice house, they are not poor, and in general he represents pretty much the "American dream" of success and prosperity, where the main stress is on the material world. On the way, trying to reach the ideal, he got lost. He lost his connection with his sons, he lost his loving and warm relationship with his wife, being unfaithful to her, he lost his precious image of himself as a successful, generous and valuable person, and as a result of this, he was facing the greatest tragedy of his life. Empty life, where he would be disillusioned, where his isolation increases day by day. .

He loves his family very much, but he is unable to accept the fact, that his children as he wanted or expected them to be. He remembers the time when they were playing together and he was the admirable model father to follow - strong, smart, young, successful. Now he is tired, overwhelmed by guilt and disappointed and he refuses to face the fact, that he failed, He wouldn't accept it, neither he would try to find means or a way out of this and as a result he finds convenient escape in his memory.