The Importance of Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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The Importance of Dreams in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

There is a wide range of dreams throughout the play. Every Character
is living a dream and these dreams are what affect and change how the
play flows. The main dream is the great capitalist American Dream, The
dreams dramatically affect relationships, jobs and even threatens
lives, and these dreams are usually unachievable so are never going to
be reached. This however doesn't ever stop the Loman's from dreaming
and eventually at the end of the play it gets the better of them.

Willy Loman is a salesman whom lives his life chasing the American
Dream. The American dream destroys Willy. Willy didn't want to believe
that he was different
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Willy also
daydreams about money and his financial situation. He dreams about
being a great salesman and earning lots of money, "I'm telling you I
was selling thousands and thousands" We know this is a dream because
he hasn't earnt much because he has to borrow money off Charley.

In the play once Willy realises he has failed he puts all his hope in
his sons. Willy wants Biff to become a great salesman. Willy has
failed at this but he wants his son to fulfil his dreams for him,
"I'll get him a job selling, he'll be big in no time." Ultimately
Willy is trying to push Biff towards the American dream. This is
because Willy's last ambition was to help Biff, "Can you imagine that
magnificence of $20,000 in Biffs pocket."



Miller portrays America as the total opposite to " The land of
opportunity." He uses Willy and Biff to show how there is set
standards in the American society. One is regarded a "failure" If they
don't have a successful job with a high wage,
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