Death of a Salesman

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Define "The American Dream". In what way does Death of a Salesman point out the hopelessness of chasing this dream? Are there any rewards? The idea of the American Dream is truly subjective. To some, it is living in the lap of luxury in all aspects. To others, it is a chance at a better brighter opportunity for themselves or their families. Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman" portrays the promise of the American Dream in the form of opportunity, freedom, success and wealth; the ability to acquire all material comforts in American Life, and sacrifices one must make in order to achieve it. For Willy Loman, hard work could not earn him everything that he wanted or thought he deserved. Willy judged life in terms of material wealth.…show more content…
Once again, Willy chooses his fixation on the American Dream, over his marriage and children. Willie lived to pursue the American dream rather than just live it simplistically, and organically. “Death of A Salesman” puts an immense amount of pressure on its main character. This dream, this idea of true happiness and success is similar to dangling a carrot in the face or a horse. The horse may give chase, running far and fast, but never reaches its intended goal. Willy Loman held onto a dream, and did everything and anything to reach it; even at the expense of his marriage and family. His demise was Rivera 4 tragic and unfortunate, and a result of a consumer oriented society in which he was never able to fit in. He has lost sight of achieving the true goal of the American Dream; happiness and freedom. Willy has made quite an effort in attempt to achieve this goal, such as having an affair, a life away from his family, all of which sent him on a crash course headed for disaster. All of this is proof that living out this "American Dream", will never be a reality, unless we live in reality. To chase a dream is hopeless; you must work hard and earn your keep to achieve it, like everybody else. Upon doing so, it is possible to reap the benefits, and collect your reward no matter how tangible or intangeable they may be.

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