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
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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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