The American Dream in Death Of A Salesman, by Arthur Miller Essay

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Success: Accomplishing Your Dream Completing the "American Dream" is a controversial issue. The American Dream can be defined as having a nice car, maybe two or three of them, having a beautiful, healthy family, making an impact on the world, or even just having extra spending money when the bills are paid. In the play "Death Of A Salesman," by Arthur Miller, the "American Dream" deals with prosperity, status, and being immortalized.

Willy Loman, a hard worker aged to his sixties never accomplished this goal. He always talked the talked, but never achieved to walk the walk. Willy Loman would always talk about who he's met and how he has always well known and liked, but truthfully he never was. "Willy: He's liked, but
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"Charley: It was a very nice funeral. Linda: But where are all the people he knew? (REQUIEM, lines 7-8)." Willy's funeral was tiny as well as his talk. Willy's dreams were shallow and unlived even until his death.

Success was part of Willy Loman's dream. Willy dreams of both he and his sons being successful. "Willy: Bernard is not well liked, is he? Biff: He's liked, but he's not well liked. Happy: That's right, Pop. Willy: That's just what I mean. Bernard can get the best marks in school, y'understand, but when he gets out in the business world, y'understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him. That's why I thank Almighty God you're both built like Adonises. Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates a personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want. You take me for instance… (ACT I, lines 270-272)." Biff and Happy, the Loman brothers, are two blind followers, falling for Willy's dream. They have never seen what Willy has actually done. They've heard the words. Louis Gordon wrote this about the play: "Hap, less favored by nature and his father, perhaps as Willy was in comparison with Ben, has escaped the closeness with his father that destroys Biff in social terms. Thus worshipping his father from afar, Hap has never fully come to realize that phony part of his father and his father's dreams. He does have longings to be outdoors and to get away from the
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