Death of a Salesman Essay

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In Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman", the protagonist Willy Loman sets out to pursue the American Dream only to find complete failure. With hard work and devotion, Willy believes that he will one day be a success in a booming economy. As one critic states, Willy's character is of a common man. He is not anything special, nor ever was. He chose to follow the American dream and he chose to lead the life it gave him (Death of a Salesman: The Culture Of Willy Loman). Willy dies an unsuccessful person, with the realization that everything he had worked for was not achieved.

There are many angles that Willy Loman can be examined from to sort out what type of man he really was. He was a man who lacked vision
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In the 1920s when the country was prospering, Arthur Miller based his ideas on that perspective partly because that is the time period he grew up in. It was an age of distorted values caused by the pressure of the moment, material richness, making money, and then showing it off to everyone (Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman). Clearly reflected in the character of Willy is a theme that made him many promises, and he felt like society owed him for all his efforts. A valuable lesson can be learned about researching promises society can make and taking a look beneath the surface. Without adjustment, creativity, and a flexible but focused drive, Willy could have never succeeded in his occupation. For some reason he only heard what he wanted to which would later lead him down an unsuccessful road, with no rewards for the years of hard work. In the end, himself and his false expectations destroyed him because his dreams were so limited and narrow (Death of a Salesman Essays).

Willy had two sons that were unlike their farther because they had desires for happiness and an American Dream that was far to complex and complicated for Willy to comprehend. He wanted his sons to have the same career that he had chosen, but they were to strong minded and ambitious, unlike Willy, too limit their lives to a dead end…