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The American Dream Essay

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Arthur Miller described those in pursuit of the American Dream as ‘ultimately misguided’. And in many ways, he was not far from the truth. In the American Dream, as described by James Truslow Adams in 1931, "life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement.” In essence, success is the end goal. It doesn’t matter what one does, as long as they are successful. The main issue with this line of thinking is that one can lose sight of the important things in life in their pursuit of pure success. Similarly, if one’s goal is to win the lottery, and they fail to do that, they can become greatly frustrated, and they may even lose all hope. But is this the only end goal, the only indicator of happiness? Is this the only important thing in life? For many, the obvious answer would be ‘no.’ But even so, it is possible to become so wrapped up in a goal that you become blind to everything else. The same can be said for those chasing the American Dream. The scale and merit of success in a capitalistic view comes from having money and various material comforts, rather than nobility, honesty, and truth. Suddenly your values change, and you become blind.

Willy Loman represents many misconceptions brought about by this materialistic, misguided worldview. His main goal is to achieve his version of the American Dream - that being well-liked and popular is the key to success. According to Willy, “the man who creates personal
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