An inheritance may consist of property, money, and securities to provide surety for its beneficiaries. The condition of the estate may be the product of birthright, hard work or even immoral acts. The deeds, beliefs and ethics of the bestower can have a deeper impact on the heirs than the estate itself. The scions’ lives may be affected by the psychological, emotional or spiritual components of their inheritance.
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman undermines the belief that a legacy would benefit one’s posterity, and demonstrates how heirs may be instead be afflicted by inheritance. What Willy bestows his sons is not affluence, but deeply rooted character flaws. These deficits prevent their personal growth, and are barriers to self-fulfillment.
Willy Loman, is a failure within the capitalist model, as he has struggled all of his life to earn a living as a salesman. “I get the feeling that I won’t sell anything again, that I won’t make a living for you, or...