The Functions of the Haunting Ghost Ben in Death of a Salesman

death, appearance, sucess


  • Yaping Hu
    Associate professor of Xianda Economic and Humanistic College, Shanghai International Studies, China
October 29, 2021


Arthur Miller's masterpiece Death of a Salesman received a large number of papers, but few specially analyze "Ben", a mysterious figure who frequently appears in Willie Loman's illusion. This article aims to study the reasons and functions of his appearances and finds that he is only the projection of his brother Willy’s consciousness and his words are used by Willy to justify his activities, including his suicide.