Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Throughout the novel, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, it is very evident that the author embodies his perceptions of the American Dream through his character’s identity. We see how the life of an insignificant man unravels and creates chaos for his wife and eldest son Biff, while also seeing an unhealthy relationship develop between the two. Yet, despite the negative connotations that the novel presents to its readers, Death of a Salesman can be interpreted as a rhapsody of human nature instead of a tragic chronicle. Within the pages of this infamous novel, we see that Miller develops the concepts of liberation, individualism, and the American Dream. Through these concepts, we see how Willy Loman, our protagonist and Biff Loman, our antagonist, struggle with the pressures of an American socio-cultural driven era. Firstly, the ideology of liberation is bluntly scattered within the pages written by Miller. From the personal description of Biff’s younger years in high school to Willies ambition to become a wealthy salesman, the sense of wanting to achieve greatness is evidently present. We see that both of these characters are constantly attempting to remove the shackles of conformity through their efforts of wanting to leave a “thumbprint” for others to admire over time. Willies long life dream of wanting to be a successful sales man proves this statement; this character lives his entire life laboring to create a better future for his son and wife so that they could
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