Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

1386 Words Dec 9th, 2015 6 Pages
The American Dream is a sought after idea sold to Americans and immigrants alike. It promises the opportunity to create a better future for oneself. So long as said individual works hard it promises a happy ending. Arthur Miller reveals the reality of the American Dream in his play Death of a Salesman through the life of Willy Loman and his family. Willy represents the primary target audience as a working class man providing for his family. His pride causes him to be two steps behind in his life-long quest to achieve the American Dream and his family inherit his failures in their own individual quests. Miller uses Death of a Salesman to shed light on the American Dream “for the sham it is” claims Raine. Willy has bought into this glamorous life as a salesman which will yield a comfortable salary towards his retirement where he will have all the time in the world to spend with his grandkids. There are a couple problems with Willy’s ideals that he is unable to overcome. He still works on commission even as an older man who has been in the field for a long time. This is his first failure in life amongst several which weigh him down mentally. Cardullo claims Willy is “a survivor of that early tradition of drummers in this country: men who viewing their personality as their chief ware, claimed they could sell anything.” Willy believes that in order to be a successful salesman that one must be well-liked. Not to be confused with simply being “liked” such as Charley’s son who…
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