Willy Loman : the Tragedy of the American Dream

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Willy Loman : The Tragedy of the American Dream

Prosperity, job security, hard work and family union are some of the concepts that involve the American Dream, generally speaking. Some people think this dream is something automatically granted; or in contrast, as in the story "Death of a Salesman" written by Arthur Miller, as something that has to be achieved in order to be successful in life. The play takes issues with those in America who place too much stress on material gain, instead of more admirable values. American society is exemplified with Miller's work and demonstrates how a dream could turn into a nightmare. Arthur Miller's, "Death of a Salesman", is a play that portrays the author's life and the psychological problems
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However, Biff and Happy do not accomplish Willy's hopes to have very successful sons. Biff Loman is a thirty-four year old, rough, good-looking former star athlete. He is also a moody and troubled man. Like his father, he is worried both about the family tensions and about work. He was a very promising football athlete, but his life changed completely when he discovered that his father was cheating with another woman. Biff drifted and left home and traveled around seven states to get a better job but could not. He also went to jail for stealing a suit. In fact, Biff "utterly failed to live up his father's expectations." He has an internal struggle trying to know what to do with his future. The main conflict between them is that Willy sees Biff as a person with a lot of possibilities for his life, but the truth is that he sees himself as a "nobody". On one side, he feels the pressure that he has to please his father's wishes; and on the other hand, Biff wants to do what he thinks it is right for his life, his own dreams. But Willy does not want to believe that a member of the Loman family could be or is a "nobody" or a "loser" in life. However, this illusion is gone at the end of the story for both. And Willy is not open to listen to his sons and to realize, as Biff says, "he never knew who he was."

Biff's brother, Happy Loman, who is the elegant "assistant to the assistant" buyer, shares with Biff an affection for a rough outdoor
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