Essay about Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Many times while reading modern literature you will hear reference to the “American Dream”. What the various authors and or readers must decide is whether or not this is a true goal. There are many arguments that state that the “American Dream” is a figment of imagination. There are others that believe this is an attainable goal.
One of the discussions that is held is what the true definition of the “American Dream” is. There are beliefs that think money and power are the ideal things to strive for. Still others believe that personal success is truly hard to measure and that there is no bench mark. In the play, “Death of a Salesman”, the main character Willy Lohman thinks that success is measured by
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(1474) Willy responds first that “Not finding yourself at the age of thirty-four is a disgrace”. (1474) Willy goes on to state that “the trouble is he’s lazy, goddammit”.(1474) This clearly shows that the ambition of Biff, the oldest of the two children, is well below what the father thinks it should be. For the time period this play takes place as well as when it was written, this attitude of being “lazy” doesn’t correspond with society’s view of how a successful person performs. There is a certain amount of conformity that is expected by members of society during this period of time. According to the

historical context remarks written in Bookrags: “the United States became a nation of people who wished desperately for acceptance by their peers, which meant they needed to appear successful in the eyes of society”. (1) This was the view in 1945 after the end of the Second World War and exemplifies the attitude written by Miller in his play. This is also the current time in which it was written and shows how the social impact is reflected in the story line. Willy Lohman is a man driven by the desire to be accepted in societies eyes. “Willy displays this wish for acceptance in his preoccupation with being “well liked”, which he views as the ultimate measure of success”. (Bookrags) What we do not see in the story is how Willy might be going about achieving this acceptance other than by talk. He is very talented at
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