5507 words - 22 pagesAbstractAmerican Dream is a term used by modern Americans to signify success in life as a result of hard work. There are lots of reasons why people need such a term and try to apply it in their life; the Industrial Revolution is one of the great forces that developed the AmericanDream. In modern times, the AmericanDream is seen as a possible accomplishment, as all children can go to school and get an education; it is freedom, personal rights and economic growth. However, people have difficulty in applying this term in real life. The United States has been criticized for failing to live up to the ideals that AmericanDream requires. However with each character in DeathofaSalesmanVIEW DOCUMENT
1218 words - 5 pagesThe Pursuit of the 'AmericanDream'Arthur Miller's DeathofaSalesman is a tragic play about <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana>'s pursuit of the 'AmericanDream.' This dream is the dreamof wealth and success. The author's main character, Willy Loman, is a traveling salesman that spends his whole lifetime trying to find success based on looks and popularity. Willy Loman is a product of this ever-increasing society. This society is obsessed with measuring success by popularity and material wealth. Having this obsession, Willy unfortunately emphasizes these principles upon his family. BecauseVIEW DOCUMENT
1747 words - 7 pagesArthur Miller’s DeathofaSalesman tells the story of the failure ofasalesman, Willy Loman. Although not all Americans are salesmen, most of us share Willy’s dreamof success. We are all partners in the AmericanDream and parties to the conspiracy of silence surrounding the fact that failures must outnumber successes.(Samantaray, 2014)
Miller amalgamates the archetypal tragic hero with the mundane American citizen. The result is the anti-hero, Willy Loman. He is a simple salesman who constantly aspires to become 'great'. Nevertheless, Willy has a waning career as asalesman and is an aging man who considers himself to be a failure but is incapable of consciously admitting it. As aVIEW DOCUMENT
987 words - 4 pages” (Miller, 95). This shows that the dreamof working hard to become successful has not died out, and that some will people reject easy money to instead follow the path to success by gaining hard-earned money.
In his essay “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire”, Matthew Warshauer supports the idea that nowadays, Americans care more about gaining easy money and buying consumer goods rather than actually working hard. Arthur Miller’s play DeathofaSalesman supports most of these ideas, but it contradicts the idea that all people are just concerned with making easy money. In Miller’s play, some characters, such as Willy (from early on in the play) and Bernard genuinely work hard to try to make an honest living.
Miller, Arthur. DeathofaSalesman. New York, NY: Penguin Books, 1949. Print.
Warshauer, Matthew. “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Changing Conceptions of the AmericanDream”. American Studies Resourced Center 13 February 2003: n. pag. Web. 26 May 2011. .
2454 words - 10 pages life. In
particular, the opportunity to own oneÂ´s land. But land 'ran outÂ´ and
so cities developed and massive variations arose in wealth, which
meant that this 'American DreamÂ´ changed from being a potential
reality, into being adream, like the name implies.
Most of MillerÂ´s plays are directly or indirectly about the AmericanDream, because ultimately this dream wasnÂ´t going to succeed as lots
of people wished. 'Deathofa SalesmanÂ´ written in 1949, is a moving
destruction of the whole myth.
To be hard working, honest and have ambition were the ways of the
AmericanDream. This lead onto success, wealth and in due time -
power. But thisVIEW DOCUMENT
1223 words - 5 pagesComparing DeathofaSalesman and The AmericanDream
In Arthur Miller’s DeathofASalesman and Edward Albee’s The AmericanDream, Willy Lowman and Mommy possess the trait of superficiality. Their priorities are to look good and be liked, and this contributes to their misguided paths to reach success. This attribute is one of many societal criticisms pointed out by both authors. Arthur Miller criticizes society for perceiving success as being liked and having good looks. He illustrates society’s perception through Willy, who thinks the keys to success are being popular and attractive. Willy transmits this philosophy to his sons by ignoring their education and personal growth andVIEW DOCUMENT
819 words - 3 pagesThe AmericanDream in Arthur Miller's DeathofaSalesman
The AmericanDream ~ for many, it is the unlocked door that leads to happiness. It is the hope for a future filled with success and fortune. Although most people have a similar idea of what the AmericanDream is, they may have different ideas on how to achieve it. For Willy Loman, a struggling salesman, achieving this dream would be a major accomplishment. Unfortunately, his unusual ideas of how this dream can be achieved prevent him from reaching his goal.
Out of all of Willy’s unusual ideas, one major pattern we can notice is how Willy truly believes that popularity and physical appearance are what makeVIEW DOCUMENT
1269 words - 5 pages"DeathofaSalesman" and "All My Sons" are centered around one man trying to attain the Americandream. Few will deny that Americans are keenly focused on the quest for money. The AmericanDream is the belief that through hard work, courage, and willpower one could attain a better life for oneself and family, more often than not through financial wealth. The difficult part is, once attained, the methods and knowledge need to be passed from one generation to the next to assure this dream is maintained. To add to this difficulty, neither son finds their father's knowledge or career inspiring.One of the main differences between "DeathofaSalesman" (DOS) and "All My Sons" (AMS) isVIEW DOCUMENT
1993 words - 8 pages The Americandream is an ideal for all Americans to get the best out
of life. It stands for an easy and comfortable life, which makes you
independent and your own boss. Historically, the Americandream meant
a promise of freedom and opportunity, offering the chance of riches
even to those who start with nothing. This is something that Arthur
Miller conveys in his play DeathofaSalesman. Before the Depression,
an optimistic America offered the alluring promise of success and
riches. Willy Loman, Millers main character suffers from his
disenchantment with the Americandream, for it fails him and his son.
In some ways, Willy and his older son Biff seemVIEW DOCUMENT
824 words - 3 pagesDestruction of the AmericanDream in Arthur Miller's DeathofASalesmanA white picket fence surrounds the tangible icons of the American Dreams in the middle 1900's: a mortgage, an automobile, a kitchen appliance paid for on the monthly - installment - plan, and a silver trophy representative of high school football triumph. A pathetic tale examining the consequences of man's harmartias, Arthur Miller's "DeathofASalesman" satisfies many, but not all, of the essential elements ofa tragedy. Reality peels away the thin layers of Willy Loman's AmericanDream; adream built on a lifetime of poor choices and false values.
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1461 words - 6 pages>AmericanDream" ultimately destroys Willy and his family. Charlie, the owner ofa successful sales firm and Lohman's neighbor solidifies this distorted view when he is quoted saying "Who liked JP Morgan? Was he impressive? In a Turkish bath he'd look like a butcher. But with his pockets on he was very well liked" (1981).We are introduced to Willy Lohman in DeathofaSalesman when he is asalesman at the end ofa long sales career with the same firm. Willy lives in the memories of the better days of his life and his dreams of what might have been. Throughout his life, the success that Willy sought eluded him. His ultimate failure as asalesman creates the depression andVIEW DOCUMENT
988 words - 4 pagesMythical AmericanDream Challenged in Arthur Miller's DeathofaSalesman
Arthur Miller’s DeathofaSalesman challenges the Americandream. Before the Depression, an optimistic America offered the alluring promise of success and riches. Willy Loman suffers from his disenchantment with the Americandream, for it fails him and his son. In some ways, Willy and Biff seem trapped in a transitional period ofAmerican history. Willy, now sixty-three, carried out a large part of his career during the Depression and World War II. The promise of success that entranced him in the optimistic 1920's was broken by the harsh economic realities of the 1930's. The unprecedented prosperity of theVIEW DOCUMENT
1075 words - 4 pages they enjoy it. They
do their work because of the money. A perfect example of this is pro baseball.
When Major League Baseball first started the players did it because they loved
the game and loved playing in front of the huge audiences. They got paid low
wages but still plated the game because they loved it. Major League players
these days complain because they’re not getting paid enough when they are
making millions of dollars a year. Kids set their goal to become a pro baseball
player so that they can earn millions of dollars too.
Arthur Miller does a great job illustrating the new, corrupted AmericanDream in his play “DeathofaSalesman.” Arthur Miller shows us that theVIEW DOCUMENT
1207 words - 5 pages the former. Although the AmericanDream fails for many individuals, it is not the American system's fault; instead, it is due to a lack of hard work and dedication from the pursuers.In Arthur Miller's play, "DeathofaSalesman", Miller uses many different characters to contrast the difference between the successes and failures of the American system. Willy is the long time salesman who has little sales ability but his imagination makes up for it. Linda, Willy's wife, has always been with him even through the deterioration of his practicality. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Death_of_a_Salesman" title="DeathofaSalesman">Biff and Happya> are the two sons who follow in theirVIEW DOCUMENT
1176 words - 5 pagesBarack Obama made history by being elected President of the United States, twice. This is just one more example that the AmericanDream is without a doubt achievable. Its pursuit is not easy; it requires undeniable hard work, modesty and optimism. Armed with these characteristics, seekers of this lifestyle will undeniably succeed. Success, though, is an interesting concept, for it can entail many superficial qualities. Willy Loman, the tragic hero of the play DeathofaSalesman, sees only the superficial qualities of this dream. He views success solely as likeability (linked with attractiveness), and wealth. Ignoring all methods to honorably achieve these, Arthur Miller demonstrates howVIEW DOCUMENT
1151 words - 5 pagesThe Elusive AmericanDream in Miller's DeathofaSalesman and Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath
The Americandreamof success through hard work and of unlimited opportunity in a vast country actually started before America was officially America, before the colonists broke away from England and established an independent country. That dream has endured and flourished for hundreds of years; as a result, American writers naturally turn to it for subject matter, theme, and structure. In examining its lure and promise, they often find, not surprisingly, that for those who fall short, failure can be devastating because material success is a part of our cultural expectations.
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1075 words - 4 pagesDeathofaSalesman, by Arthur Miller, is a play that illustrated the realistic life of being an American and the vulnerability of an AmericanDream. It is a play that blended realism and expressionism in order to demonstrate the struggles and failures of Willy Loman. It showed Willy’s illusion of an AmericanDream, and the harsh reality shattering his dream into pieces. The play displayed Willy’s dreamlike inner world and the cruel realities of the external world. However, it is the interactions of realism and expressionism that makes the life of Willy evermore impacting. The blending of the reality and the inner feelings of Willy illustrates the true struggles of an American during theVIEW DOCUMENT
841 words - 3 pagesMyths of the AmericanDream Exposed in Arthur Miller's DeathofaSalesman
Willy Loman, the lead character of Miller’s play, DeathofaSalesman, believes in "the myths of the capitalistic society"(DiYanni 412). This essay will examine the impact of the capitalistic myths on Willy Lowman.
Willy believes in the myth that popularity and physical appearance are the keys that unlock the door to the “AmericanDream”. We are first introduced to the importance of popularity and physical appearance when Willy is speaking to his wife, Linda, about their son Biff. “Biff Loman is lost,” says Willy. “In the greatest country in the world, a young man with such personalVIEW DOCUMENT
918 words - 4 pagesDeathofasalesman is a two-act play set in the late 1940s. The deathofasalesman is a tragic story of one family’s failed attempt to live the Americandream. Majority of the action in the play takes place in the Loman’s home and yard. The Loman family consists of Wily, Linda and their two sons Biff and Happy. Overall I consider DeathofASalesmana fascinating Play.
To begin with I found my self-having difficulty reading the play. I immediately began writing off the play as another story ofa retired salesman that went crazy from old age. The first half of Act I was especially tough to get through, but as an avid reader I knew from experience most stories have a slow start so IVIEW DOCUMENT
1704 words - 7 pagesThe Americandream originated when immigrants came to America searching for new opportunities and a better life. In the early 1900’s all people could do is dream; however, those dreams gave many different meanings to the phrase “Americandream”, and for the most part, wealth and hard work play a very large role in the pursuit of “the dream”. In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s novel, The Great Gatsby, and Arthur Miller’s drama, DeathofaSalesman, both protagonists, Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman, are convinced that the way to achieve a better life is by living the “Americandream”. However, the dream does not end up successfully for these two characters. In fact, their ideals and hopes of rising toVIEW DOCUMENT
1295 words - 5 pages how to reach it; portraying materialism and wealth as the “AmericanDream” and self-actualization, as portrayed by Miller in DeathofaSalesman.
The AmericanDream came to mean fame and fortune, instead ofa promise that shaped a nation. (David Kamp, Vanity Fair) This so- called dream has done incredible damage to our companies and corporations in America. As economic success and industrialization grew, American society evolved. It had became apparent that people would do anything to crawl up the ladder of success, often knocking down anyone in their way; as evident in the way Willy acts that his want for money consumes him. Pressures on society to live the dream can make feelings ofVIEW DOCUMENT
1032 words - 4 pages Success: Accomplishing Your Dream Completing the "AmericanDream" is a controversial issue. The AmericanDream 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 "DeathOfASalesman," by Arthur Miller, the "AmericanDream" 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, butVIEW DOCUMENT
1174 words - 5 pagesIn today’s society the term “AmericanDream” is perceived as being successful and usually that’s associated with being rich or financially sound. People follow this idea their entire life and usually never stop to think if they are happy on this road to success. Most will live through thick and thin with this idealization of the “AmericanDream” usually leading to unhappiness, depression and even suicide. The individual is confused by society’s portrayal of the individuals who have supposedly reached the nirvana of the “AmericanDream”. In the play “DeathofaSalesman” Willy thinks that if a person has the right personality and he is well liked it’s easy to achieve success rather than hardVIEW DOCUMENT
821 words - 3 pagesPopularity, Physical Appearance, and the AmericanDream in DeathofaSalesman
For most, the AmericanDream is a sure fire shot at true happiness. It represents hope for a successful, fortune-filled future. Though most agree on the meaning of the AmericanDream, few follow the same path to achieving it. For struggling salesman Willy Loman, achieving this dream would mean a completely fulfilled existence. Unfortunately, Willy's simplistic ideas on how to accomplish his goal are what ultimately prevent him from reaching it.
Out of all of Willy's simplistic ideals, one major pattern we can notice is how Willy truly believes that popularity and physical appearance areVIEW DOCUMENT
875 words - 4 pagesIn Arthur Miller’s DeathofaSalesman we see the negative effect of having an absent parent. The main character Willy Loman is asalesman who constantly struggles with trying to be what he considers “successful,” and “well liked.” He has two sons Biff and Happy and is married to Linda. Willy also struggles between illusion and reality; he has trouble defining and distinguishing the past from the present. Between his financial struggles and not feeling like he accomplished anything, he commits suicide. Throughout Willy’s life he was constantly abandoned, by both his father and his brother at very young age. Since Willy has no reference to look up to, he is somewhat left to figure thingsVIEW DOCUMENT
1533 words - 6 pages to death". Willy Loman is an untrustworthy character, because he is half-senile. In the same conversation with his wife Linda, he proclaims, "Biff is a lazy bum!" then says, "There's one thing about Biff- he's not lazy." But his craziness says more than that of any other sane character in the story. Willy Loman wants the Americandream, and says to Biff, "Be liked and you will never want. If you're well-liked, that's all you need." He wants his boys to make something great of themselves, possibly which would redeem them for abandoning Willy, which haunts him daily. Willy Loman only wants to die the deathofasalesman, in his slippers.
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Centuries ago, Americans were fighting for their freedom from Britain. Then, the Americandream was to have freedom. To American then, being free and having their own individual country was enough. Up until a few decades ago, African Americans were fighting to have equal rights. They thought this was all they needed and they would be truly happy. Somewhere over the course of time; happiness had a new meaning for all Americans. Now material possessions are what it takes to be happy. The Americandream is to be rich.
A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, and DeathofaSalesman, written by Arthur Miller, both address the AmericanDream. Both plays discuss the desire forVIEW DOCUMENT
3570 words - 14 pagesComparing the Destructive AmericanDream in Miller's DeathofaSalesman and Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun
America is a land of dreamers. From the time of the Spanish conquistadors
coming in search of gold and everlasting youth, there has been a mystique about the land to which Amerigo Vespucci gave his name. To the Puritans who settled its northeast, it was to be the site of their “city upon a hill” (Winthrop 2). They gave their home the name New England, to signify their hope for a new beginning. Generations of immigrants followed, each a dreamer bringing his own hopes and aspirations to the green shores. The quest was given a name – the AmericanDream; and through the agesVIEW DOCUMENT
1239 words - 5 pagesThe AmericanDream in DeathofaSalesman by Arthur Miller, and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald
In a majority of literature written in the 20th century, the theme of the ' AmericanDream" has been a prevalent theme. This dream affects the plot and characters of many novels, and in some books, the intent of the author is to illustrate the reality of the AmericanDream.
However, there is no one definition of the AmericanDream. Is it the right to pursue your hearts wish, to have freedom to do whatever makes one happy? Or is it the materialistic dream prevalent in the 50's, and portrayed in such movies as Little Shop of Horrors? Or is the AmericanDreama thoughtVIEW DOCUMENT
675 words - 3 pagesADeathof the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/United_States" title="United States">Americana> DreamThe AmericanDream is forever being chased, and never caught. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana>, the main character, in ADeathofaSalesman, by <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007186/" title="Arthur Miller">Arthur Millera> chose to follow the Americandream and lead the life it gave him. The Americandream is the belief that through sheer hard work alone, any man can gain professional success and thus receive personal gain. The major flaw in this 'dream' isVIEW DOCUMENT
985 words - 4 pagesWho does not want to live the perfect life, the <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/American_Dream" title="AmericanDream">AmericanDreama>? Throughout <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007186/" title="Arthur Miller">Arthur Miller'sa> <a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0089006/" title="DeathofaSalesman (1985 film)">DeathofaSalesmana>, <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana> is in pursuit of this Dream. Willy focuses on the idealistic Americandream his entire life, associating it with financial success, an excellent reputation and being well liked. He makes victims of his wife and of his sons by subjecting them toVIEW DOCUMENT
1014 words - 4 pagesDeathofaSalesman is centred on one man trying to reach the Americandream and taking his family along for the ride. The Loman's lives from beginning to end is a troubling story based on trying to become successful, or at least happy? Throughout their lives they encounter many problems and the end result is a tragic death caused by stupidity and the need to succeed. During his life <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana> caused his wife great pain by living a life not realizing what he could and couldn't do. Linda lived sad and pathetic days supporting Willy's unreachable goals. Being brought up in this world caused his children to loseVIEW DOCUMENT
3200 words - 13 pages reach this dream. As this becomes more and more true, the AmericanDream is becoming corrupted because people are following a corrupted path, to adream that they believe will bring them happiness when they achieve it. But the path they take, will bring them nowhere near happiness, but instead lead them to failure. A failure of knowing that they strived too long for a false dream. The AmericanDream is a corrupt dream that will not bring happiness to those that strive for it. Both Arthur Miller and <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/F._Scott_Fitzgerald" title="F. Scott Fitzgerald">F. Scott Fitzgeralda> believe this idea. The novels ofDeathofaSalesman and <a href="http://www.amazon.comVIEW DOCUMENT
1791 words - 7 pagesExploring the Jagged Edges ofa Shattered Dream in DeathofaSalesmanDeathofaSalesman tells the story ofa man confronting failure in a success-driven society. Willy Loman represents all American men that have striven for success but, instead, have reaped failure in its most bitter form. Arthur Miller's tragic drama is a probing portrait of the typical American male psyche portraying an extreme craving for success and superior status. DeathofSalesman follows the decline ofa man into lunacy and the subsequent effect this has on those around him, particularly his family.
Miller amalgamates the archetypal tragic hero with the mundane American citizen. The result is theVIEW DOCUMENT
1057 words - 4 pages<a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana>: A Man With ADreamA common idea presented in literature is the issue ofthe freedom of the individual in opposition to thecontrolling pressures of society. Willy Loman, the maincharacter in <a href="http://www.amazon.com/Death-Salesman-Viking-Critical-Library/dp/0140247734%3FSubscriptionId%3D0G81C5DAZ03ZR9WH9X82%26tag%3Dzemanta-20%26linkCode%3Dxm2%26camp%3D2025%26creative%3D165953%26creativeASIN%3D0140247734" title="DeathofaSalesman (Viking Critical Library)">DeathofASalesmana> by <a href="http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0007186/" title="Arthur Miller">Arthur MilleraVIEW DOCUMENT
922 words - 4 pagesIn today's capitalist economy, many strive for the same goal and while some are met with success, most are left with nothing but shattered dreams and low wages. <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/1047805-arthur_miller" title="Arthur Miller">Arthur Millera> wrote his play "DeathofaSalesman" as a satire on the AmericanDream and what he saw as the futile pursuit and false ideals that accompanied the dream. Through <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana>'s treatment of his friends and family, his tendency to lie, and his perception of people around him, Arthur Miller shows how difficult it is for the modernVIEW DOCUMENT
1328 words - 5 pages"DeathofaSalesman" by author <a href="http://www.rottentomatoes.com/celebrity/1047805-arthur_miller" title="Arthur Miller">Arthur Millera> and "Better Days" by singer Bruce Springsteen take slightly different stances on the AmericanDream. Arthur Miller both promotes and criticises the AmericanDream and allows the audience to make up their own minds. Bruce Springsteen presents a more negative picture of the AmericanDream, but of course, all impressions are in the eye of the beholder.The character of <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana> in "DeathofaSalesman" is one of who aspires to be successful, wellVIEW DOCUMENT
1451 words - 6 pagesThe Dream in DeathofaSalesman, Ellis Island, and America and I
The Americandream is as varied as the people who populate America. The play The DeathofaSalesman by Arthur Miller, the poem "Ellis Island" by Joseph Bruchac, and the poem "America and I" by Anzia Yezierska illustrate different perspectives of the Americandream. All three authors show some lines of thought on what the freedom inherent in the Americandream means. The authors clarify distinct ideas on the means to achieving the Americandream. The authors also elucidate some different goals striven for in the dream for a better life. Diverse ideas on how freedom plays into the Americandream, whatVIEW DOCUMENT
2856 words - 11 pagesA Shattered Dream in DeathofaSalesman by Arthur Miller
DeathofaSalesman tells the story ofa man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic path, which eventually leads to Willy Loman's suicide.
DeathofaSalesman?is?a search for identity, [Willy?s] attempt to be a man according to the frontier tradition in which he was raised, and a failure to achieve that identity because in  and in [Brooklyn] that identity cannot be achieved. (Gross 321)
Willy is a symbolic icon of the failing American; he represents those that have striven for success in society, but, in struggling to do so, have instead achieved failure in the most bitterVIEW DOCUMENT
2912 words - 12 pages truly achieve it.This paper will discuss the ownership of the AmericanDream and the aspect of how the search for something better leads to the intangible and the never ending "pursuit of happiness." The readings of Thomas Jefferson's "Declaration of Independence," and excerpts from "The Live of Working Men and Women," as well as the films, The Grapes of Wrath, and Citizen Kane, DeathofaSalesman will be used to evaluate problems with the AmericanDream.The AmericanDream originated in the early days of the American settlement, with the mostly poor immigrants searching for opportunities of freedom. America represented a new life of freedom, holding a promise of spiritual andVIEW DOCUMENT
1110 words - 4 pagesFailure of the America Dream in Arthur Miller’s DeathofaSalesman
Arthur Miller’s DeathofaSalesman examines Willy Lowman’s struggle to hold on to his AmericanDream that is quickly slipping from his grasp. As Americans, we are all partners in the “dream” and Willy’s failure causes each of us anxiety since most of us can readily identify with Willy.
Most Americans can readily identify with Willy. As children, our minds are filled with a “marketing orientation” as soon as we are able to be propped-up in front of the television. This orientation drives us to attempt to become the person that others desire us to be. In this society we all feel, more or less, that weVIEW DOCUMENT
1732 words - 7 pages, this wealth is achieved outside America suggesting that there is little left available for the ordinary individual within the country's own boundaries. Instead, one must look elsewhere for true "greatness", underlining the fact that, for the majority, the much sought after AmericanDream' is a myth. The play is ambiguous in its attitude toward the business-success dream, but certainly does not rebuke it openly. Nevertheless, when Charlie declares, 'Nobody dast blame this man', Miller hints at the responsibility of the state influenced 'Everyone should have adream' campaign behind Willy's death, suggesting that the salesman was driven too far, pressurising himself into suicide. Miller alsoVIEW DOCUMENT
651 words - 3 pages Requiem. Willy never seemed to be happy or inspired enough to be a truly successful salesman. Happiness is essential to succeed as asalesman. The Requiem emphasizes how Willy didn't really succeed on any level "" socially, professionally or personally. The aspect of"˜ success' is a central theme in the play. The notion of the American Dream's commercial success versus personal success and happiness stands out at many times. Willy was not true to himself, and so he was not successful.The main theme of the play is the"˜ Americandream'. This idea is the main drive of Willy. Throughout the play we can see how the dream has turned sour, but it is emphasized in the Requiem. ForVIEW DOCUMENT
752 words - 3 pagesWilly Loman got lost in chasing the AmericanDream. As asalesman in the concrete jungle, Willy had unrealistic aspirations which left him “boxed in”. He is surrounded by high rising skyscrapers which engulf not only him but his whole family. Because of this Willy has a false sense of the AmericanDream and in trying to achieve it, he fails. The skyscrapers and his own references to being “boxed in” serve as a metaphor for his life. He chased after riches and materialistic possessions rather than his own happiness which consequently led to his death.
Willy lives in a house which has “towering, angular shapes” surrounding it. These buildings represent the AmericanDream and all the fortuneVIEW DOCUMENT
1096 words - 4 pages destruction of Willy. Although her absolute support was comforting to Willy, it dragged him further and further from reality. While supporting Willys dreams of becoming rich and successful, Willy was becoming more distant from the real world and she helped him plant ideas in his mind that he would someday achieve these goals. She allowed him to exist in an unrealistic world. The safety net of support and comfort that she created for Willy led him to carry on an untruthful existence.3.Willy Loman in DeathofASalesman by Arthur Miller and Jay Gatsby in The Great Gatsby by Scott F. Fitzgerald are comparably dominated by the AmericanDream, which ultimately destroysVIEW DOCUMENT
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An excellent father will make every effort to constantly do what is best for his family. He will put his needs last, ensuring that his family is well cared for and not lacking for any necessities. And, most significantly, a first-class father will make his family his main concern, coming before his job, his friends, or even himself. In Arthur Miller’s DeathofaSalesman, Willy Loman is a prime example ofa horrific father in every way mentioned previously. Not only is Willy Loman not a good father and spouse, but he furthers his failure by being a typical anti-hero and by failing to accomplish the AmericanDream. There for I believe the play is not necessarily what Miller and KazanVIEW DOCUMENT
765 words - 3 pagesDeathofaSalesman Modern society places too much emphasis on superficial values. It seems like society is obsessed with a person's appearance, popularity, and wealth. Arthur Miller's DeathofaSalesman portrays the Loman's and all the family conflicts they faced. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Willy_Loman" title="Willy Loman">Willy Lomana> gives in to society's values and throughout the play Willy struggles to meet what society considers success. It's also apparent on a bigger scale that this play is a social commentary. It touches all the problems brought on by wealth and success of our American culture. DeathofaSalesman is more effective as a reflection ofAmericanVIEW DOCUMENT
827 words - 3 pages Virtually all parents have hopes and expectations for their children, but they express them in different ways. It is reasonable for parents to wish success in the form of fame upon their children for example, as financial stability and attention can bring happiness. However, these expectations can be overbearing and have the potential to do more harm than good. The play DeathofaSalesman by Arthur Miller and the story “Two Kinds” by Amy Tan explore this age-old conflict. Jing Mei and Biff both struggle with the expectations set forth by their parents.
Although parents usually set expectations because they want the best for their children, these high hopes often backfire. InVIEW DOCUMENT
2729 words - 11 pages“DeathofaSalesman” written by Arthur Miller in 1948 attempts to give the audience an unusual glimpse into the mind ofa Willy Loman, a mercurial 60-year-old salesman, who through his endeavor to be “worth something”, finds himself struggling to endure the competitive capitalist world in which he is engulfed. Arthur Miller uses various theatrical techniques to gradually strip the protagonist down one layer at a time, each layer revealing another truth about his distorted past. By doing this, Miller succeeds in finally exposing a reasonable justification for Willy’s current state of mind. These techniques are essential to the play, as it is only through this development that Willy canVIEW DOCUMENT
1276 words - 5 pagesThe line between reality and illusion is often blurred in Arthur Miller’s play, DeathofaSalesman. Whether it is incorporated in the content or the actual structure, this struggle between recognizing reality from illusion turns into a strong theme; it eventually leads to the downfall of Willy and his family. Willy is incapable of recognizing who he is, and cannot realize that he, as well as his sons, is not capable of being successful in the business world. Happy and Biff both go through some battle between reality and illusion that cause a collapse in some part of their lives. The line between Willy’s flashbacks and current time also send him into turmoil when he cannot distinguishVIEW DOCUMENT