Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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The American dream, a lie that has been told for generations and yet not many question it. Through Arthur Miller 's playwright “Death of a Salesman”, he provides an entertaining way to show the many faces of the American dream. What is the American dream? For most, it means being successful by having a car, a house that is well furnished, and money. Willy Loman, the main character (and most complex), is a metaphor for showing the struggle of obtaining the American dream. His wife Linda represents the blind consumer, someone who never questions and just accepts. His son Happy represents the irony of having reached the American dream. Finally, Willy’s other son Biff represents the anti-american.
Willy Loman is an old man who represents the illusion of the American Dream. He is a “tired to death” (13) salesman who still believes in the American Dream. In “Masters of Desires” by Jack Solomon, he states that “ America’s consumer economy runs on desire” (543), which is all that Willy has. He desires to achieve the American Dream to a point where he projects his desires onto Biff, straining his relationship with him. He longs to be well-liked and famous in a sense; stating that a “...man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead….I never have to wait in line to see a buyer. ‘ Willy Loman is here!’ That’s all they have to know, and I go right through” (33). Later on throughout the play it clear that this is not true and that Willy is self-delusional. Willy is…
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