Analysis Of The American Dream In The Death Of A Salesman

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American writer, James Truslow Adams defined the “American Dream” as the “dream of a land in which life should be better and richer, and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement” (Clark). Many mistakenly associate the American Dream’s success with materialistic wealth, such as the Kardashian’s or Mark Zuckerberg’s, the success of the American dream to be associated with materialistic wealth, but Adams refers to it as a better lifestyle. Even though the United States is known as the land to opportunities, a place where every man can prosper by pulling themselves up by their bootstraps, this mythologization quickly fosters the path to delusion. The land of the free and the home of the brave can…show more content…
Linda unconditionally supports Willy’s career, while Biff is more critical of his father, putting them at odds as Linda feels the need to defend Willy at the cost of the mother-son bond. Realizing that Biff’s relationship with his father is distant and cold, she angrily tells Biff, “if you don’t have any feelings for him then you can’t have any feeling for me” in order to persuade him to love and support Willy (Miller 55). Linda connects her identity as a mother to Willy, and by extent, a hapless pursuit of the American Dream, attempting to force Biff to, if not follow in his father’s footsteps, then understands his father on the condition that loving Willy is a prerequisite for loving her. In addition, Linda tells Biff “Either he’s your father and you pay him that respect, or else you’re not to come here” (Miller 55). In order to get Biff to respect his father and support him she utilizes an either-or fallacy to support her argument. Through the use of this fallacy Linda only offers Biff two possibilities, when more than two exist. Linda’s employment of flaw logic towards Biff stems from her unconditional support and love for her husband. Willy’s aspirations gain unconditional support from his wife such that Linda is willing to sacrifice her relationship with Biff.
Willy negatively influences Biff in other ways, such as his emphasis on success and being well-liked over morals and ethics. For instance, when Biff steals a
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