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AbstractAmerican 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 American Dream. In modern times, the American Dream 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 American Dream requires. However with each character in Death of a Salesman, Arthur...
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The Pursuit of the 'American Dream'Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman is a tragic play about Willy Loman's pursuit of the 'American Dream.' This dream is the dream of 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. Because of this pursuit, Willy's values, truths and mind-set are skewed. He does not see and live in reality. He is trying as hard...
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Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman tells the story of the failure of a salesman, Willy Loman. Although not all Americans are salesmen, most of us share Willy’s dream of success. We are all partners in the American Dream 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 a salesman and is an aging man who considers himself to be a failure but is incapable of consciously admitting it. As a...
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The American Dream is one of the most sought-after things in the United States, even though it is rarely, if ever, achieved. According to historian Matthew Warshauer, the vision of the American Dream has changed dramatically over time. In his 2003 essay “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire: Changing Conceptions of the American Dream”, Warshauer claims that the American Dream had gone from becoming wealthy by working hard and earning money, to getting rich quickly and easily. He attributes this change to television game shows, state lotteries, and compensation lawsuits. He also argues that most Americans are more concerned with easy money than hard-earned money, and that Americans care mostly about...
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The American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
The American Dream ~ 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 American Dream 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 make...
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"The American Dream" is based on the 'Declaration of IndependenceÂ´:
'We believe that all men are born with these inalienable rights -
life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.Â´ (Thomas Jefferson, 1776).
This 'dreamÂ´ consists of a genuine and determined belief that in
America, all things are possible to all men, regardless of birth or
wealth; you work hard enough you will achieve anything. However,
Miller says people have been 'ultimately misguidedÂ´.
The origins of the American Dream seem to have been rooted in the
pioneering mentality of the 18th and 19th century immigrants, most of
whom came to America because of a promise of a new and better...
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Comparing Death of a Salesman and The American Dream
In Arthur Miller’s Death of A Salesman and Edward Albee’s The American Dream, 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 and...
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The American dream 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 American dream 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 Death of a Salesman. 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 American dream, for it fails him and his son.
In some ways, Willy and his older son Biff seem...
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"Death of a Salesman" and "All My Sons" are centered around one man trying to attain the American dream. Few will deny that Americans are keenly focused on the quest for money. The American Dream 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 "Death of a Salesman" (DOS) and "All My Sons" (AMS) is that the...
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What is the American Dream? Is it fame? Is it fortune? President Franklin
Roosevelt explained the American Dream as freedom of speech, freedom of
religion, freedom from want, and freedom from fear. (AAC) I think that the
American Dream is different for everyone. It is simply the urge for a better life.
The American Dream is still valid but is totally different from what it used to be.
For the early immigrants the American Dream was a better life not with
material goods, but by freedom. Freedom to worship whoever they want.
Freedom to say whatever they want without fear of being arrested or shot. (AAC)
This Dream stayed with America untill the 1900’s. That’s when things started...
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Destruction of the American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman
A 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 "Death of A Salesman" satisfies many, but not all, of the essential elements of a tragedy. Reality peels away the thin layers of Willy Loman's American Dream; a dream built on a lifetime of poor choices and false values.
Although the characters are not of noble birth nor possess a...
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Barack Obama made history by being elected President of the United States, twice. This is just one more example that the American Dream 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 Death of a Salesman, 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 how...
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The Elusive American Dream in Miller's Death of a Salesman and Steinbeck's Grapes of Wrath
The American dream of 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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All people -- from millionaires with mansions living on the hilltops to the poor and unhealthy bums living on the streets -- have one goal: to reach their fullest ability, or achieve their American Dream. The above examples are the extremes of an American system in which wealth and status decide your friends, future, and well-being. Personally, I think the American Dream is to attain the status that you desire -- whether it is social prosperity or affluence. Everyone's definition is different with the American dream as it can be viewed from many different aspects; if you were born poor, it would be to reach a decent life, but if you were well-off, your American Dream would differ from the...
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Myths of the American Dream Exposed in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Willy Loman, the lead character of Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, 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 “American Dream”. 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 personal...
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Death of a Salesmen by Arthur Miller, one of America's leading playwrights of the twentieth century was written in 1949. This play describes the conflicts within the Loham family to succeed in Willy Lohman' idea of the "American Dream". Willy Lohman's distorted mind believes that success is measured by your wealth and by the number of people that like you. In fact, Willy indicates that the number of people that like you is demonstrated by the number of people that know your name in each town or city and the number of people that attend your funeral. This superficial and materialistic view of the "American Dream" ultimately destroys Willy and his family. Charlie, the owner of a successful...
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Mythical American Dream Challenged in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman challenges the American dream. Before the Depression, an optimistic America offered the alluring promise of success and riches. Willy Loman suffers from his disenchantment with the American dream, for it fails him and his son. In some ways, Willy and Biff seem trapped in a transitional period of American 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 the...
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The American dream 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 “American dream”, 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, Death of a Salesman, both protagonists, Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman, are convinced that the way to achieve a better life is by living the “American dream”. However, the dream does not end up successfully for these two characters. In fact, their ideals and hopes of rising to...
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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...
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In today’s society the term “American Dream” 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 “American Dream” 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 “American Dream”. In the play “Death of a Salesman” Willy thinks that if a person has the right personality and he is well liked it’s easy to achieve success rather than hard...
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Since Columbus made land, people have been searching for the “American Dream”. Many people have their own idea and ideas that have changed over a period of time, but what exactly is the “American Dream” defined as .Origins of the dream have been rooted in the pioneering mentality of the eighteenth and nineteenth century immigrants, most who came to America because of a promise for a new and better life. The American Dream was sought through hard work and determination. After the time of the World Wars, society changed and so did the view of the “American Dream”, it changed from a potential reality into being a dream. People were striving to reach their definition of the American Dream. ...
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Popularity, Physical Appearance, and the American Dream in Death of a Salesman
For most, the American Dream 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 American Dream, 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 are...
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In Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman we see the negative effect of having an absent parent. The main character Willy Loman is a salesman 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 things out...
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The Value of a Dream in Death of a Salesman and A Raisin in the Sun
How does one value a dream? This question arises while reading both Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and Lorraine Hansberry's A Raisin in the Sun. Although the two novels are very different, the stories and characters share many likenesses. Death of a Salesman concerns a family’s difficulty in dealing with unrealized dreams. A Raisin in the Sun focuses on a family's struggle to agree on a common dream. In each of these stories, there are conflicts between the dreams that each character is struggling to attain.
In Death of a Salesman, Happy and Biff are uncertain of where they are in...
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Comparing the Destructive American Dream in Miller's Death of a Salesman 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 American Dream; and through the ages,...
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Centuries ago, Americans were fighting for their freedom from Britain. Then, the American dream 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 American dream is to be rich.
A Raisin in the Sun, written by Lorraine Hansberry, and Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, both address the American Dream. Both plays discuss the desire for...
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The American Dream in Death of a Salesman 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 ' American Dream" 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 American Dream.
However, there is no one definition of the American Dream. 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 American Dream a thought so...
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A Death of the American DreamThe American Dream is forever being chased, and never caught. Willy Loman, the main character, in A Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller chose to follow the American dream and lead the life it gave him. The American dream 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' is that it produces selfish individuals who will go to any extent to receive personal gain. Willy's character is one of a common man; Miller portrays him not as an evil selfish person, but as a well meaning yet misguided person. Miller also adds other characters to show the different effects the...
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Who does not want to live the perfect life, the American Dream? Throughout Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman is in pursuit of this Dream. Willy focuses on the idealistic American dream 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 to mistreatment and deprivation of a strong male role model. According to the Webster's Dictionary a victim is one who is subjected to oppression, hardship or mistreatment. Willy puts far too much pressure on his elder son Biff, not enough on his younger son Happy, and he makes a "yes-woman" out of his doting wife Linda. Willy's...
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Death of a Salesman is centred on one man trying to reach the American dream 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 Willy Loman 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 lose their identity and put their futures in jeopardy.Willy lived everyday of his life...
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"You see for me, America is an idea. It's that capacity to dream and then try to pull it off, if you can." (Bharati Mukeriee). The American Dream has become an idealistic way to live ones life. The American Dream has been a long-standing idea that in America all is possible. An idea that through the accumulation of wealth will come happiness. Unfortunately this is no longer the case. The American Dream as it stands has become corrupted. Since, the main goal of the American dream is to reach a monetary goal, people have abandoned the normal pursuits to reach this because they feel that reaching the ultimate goal is the final step, and they are more then happy, to take illicit paths to reach...
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Exploring the Jagged Edges of a Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman tells the story of a 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. Death of Salesman follows the decline of a 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 the...
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Willy Loman: A Man With A DreamA 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 Death of A Salesman by Arthur Miller,epitomizes this type of person; one who looks to his peersand co-salesman as lesser individuals. Not only was hecompetitive and overbearing, but Willy Loman sought after anideal that he could never become: the greatest salesmanever. Determined to make money, Willy became uncontrollableand somewhat insane. Through his dialogue and actions,Willy Loman portrays a character of insecurity, persistence,and unknown identity.From the very beginning of his life,...
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The Dream in Death of a Salesman, Ellis Island, and America and I
The American dream is as varied as the people who populate America. The play The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the poem "Ellis Island" by Joseph Bruchac, and the poem "America and I" by Anzia Yezierska illustrate different perspectives of the American dream. All three authors show some lines of thought on what the freedom inherent in the American dream means. The authors clarify distinct ideas on the means to achieving the American dream. The authors also elucidate some different goals striven for in the dream for a better life. Diverse ideas on how freedom plays into the American dream, what...
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"Death of a Salesman" by author Arthur Miller and "Better Days" by singer Bruce Springsteen take slightly different stances on the American Dream. Arthur Miller both promotes and criticises the American Dream and allows the audience to make up their own minds. Bruce Springsteen presents a more negative picture of the American Dream, but of course, all impressions are in the eye of the beholder.The character of Willy Loman in "Death of a Salesman" is one of who aspires to be successful, well liked and respected. However, his actions and thoughts show him to a failure, a person who suffers from delusions and has made up a world in which he lives his fairytale life.He tries to portray himself...
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In 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. Arthur Miller wrote his play "Death of a Salesman" as a satire on the American Dream and what he saw as the futile pursuit and false ideals that accompanied the dream. Through Willy Loman'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 modern worker to achieve the American Dream.The relationship between Willy Loman and his friends and family reveals Willy's ideals and his feelings throughout the play. Always pushing his son Biff to...
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A Shattered Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic path, which eventually leads to Willy Loman's suicide.
Death of a Salesman?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 bitter...
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If you are an American and if you have a family, a house and a car, a sufficient job with a good salary, you can be said to have reached the American Dream. The idea of the American Dream became popular when millions of people immigrated to America in search of a better life because America was the ideal image of success. At that time, a better life could mean a decent place to live, maybe some livestock and a piece of land to cultivate. The meaning of the American Dream means even now somewhat the same; have valuable possessions, a social life with high standards and respectful image of ones self. This came about through honesty, hard work, and determination, that anyone who was willing to...
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Failure of the America Dream in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman examines Willy Lowman’s struggle to hold on to his American Dream 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 we must...
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Death of a Salesman tells the story of a man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic trajectory, which eventually leads to his suicide. Willy Loman is a symbolic icon of the failing America; he represents those that have striven for the success but, in struggling to do so, have instead achieved failure in its most bitter form. Arthur Miller's tragic drama is a probing portrait of the typical American psyche portraying an extreme craving for success and superior status in a world otherwise fruitless. To some extent, therefore, Death of Salesman is concerned with the 'jagged edges of a shattered dream' but on another more tragic and bitter level, it...
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The American Dream is the hope of being wealthy, successful, and having many friends. The American Dream represents the hope of every American; everyone would like to be rich and successful. Not many people achieve this dream because of all the demands that come with it. The American Dream is physically and mentally demanding. The cost of achieving it is great, a person must work hard all of the time to achieve such a great dream. In "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller the main character Willy Loman tries to achieve the American Dream his whole life but fails to do so, because he was never happy with what he had and was always looking at what other people had and he was never able to...
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Death of a Salesman
From the outset death of a salesman portrays the pitfalls of the
American dream. The dream centred on the high chance that anyone can
strike it rich in this Land of opportunity. Even in 1950s USA people
were still taking a chance on this myth. Death of a Salesman shows the
traps of the dream. The failures centred on poor Willy Loman This fine
line between making it and become your average Joe becomes heavily
apparent when Willy decides he has had enough and kills himself. Willy
begins to believe that [In a thick American accent] "No man needs a
little salary." Willy perceives himself lower than everybody else
partly due to his low wages. One of his great...
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman tells the story of a middle-class, traveling salesman named Willy Loman as he deals with his skewed views of success and pursuit of wealth. He believes that success comes form being well liked, and has instilled these believes in his sons. Both Willy's and society's misplaced values are exposed at his Requiem in which there is nobody in attendance except his immediate family.The decision to call Willy's passing a Requiem is very significant. As defined by the World Book Dictionary, a requiem is "˜a special mass for the dead.' It is more than just a conclusion. Ironically, a requiem would tend to imply the coming together of many people to celebrate a...
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Death of a Salesman Review Since the beginning of time, dreams have always been perceived as visions of hope, and fulfillment to one's greatest desires. In times of trouble and despair, the safe environment of a dream shields one's mind for the dangers of the real world. However, in reality, there is one dream that many people in the world strive towards. Mostly influenced by the gold and land rush in the nineteenth-century, the idea of getting rich fast has been categorized as the "American dream." Within the play, Death of a Salesman, one hopeful man dares to take on the challenge of trying to achieve this impossible dream.Before the Depression, Willy Loman saw America as an untapped mine...
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Death of a Salesman
Death of a salesman is a play written by Arthur Miller and it is about a man and essentially his failed attempt at the American Dream. This story is an example of a tragedy and the title basically sort of gives that away. Basically this story is about Willy Loman (Dustin Hoffman) and his family. Willy is a traveling salesmen and he has some personal flaws in his life which range from things such as cheating on his wife and his inability to tell the truth. Ultimately this story is a sad one and it covers Willy and his family failed attempt to reach success.
The story begins with Willy arriving home from a business trip. He is disappointed because the trip did not go...
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Death of a salesman
The Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller is a controversial play of a typical American family and their desire to live the American dream “Rather than a tragedy or failure as the play is often described. Death of a Salesman dramatizes a failure of [that] dream” (Cohn 51). The story is told through the delusional eyes and mind of Willy Loman, a traveling salesman of 34 years, whose fantasy world of lies eventually causes him to suffer an emotional breakdown. Willy’s wife, Linda, loves and supports Willy despite all his problems, and continually believes in his success and that of their no good lazy sons, Biff and Happy. The play takes place in 1942, in Willy and...
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Megan Pinnock Mrs. Mirenda Eleventh Year English 25 April 2001 The Significance of Plants and Trees in Death of a Salesman When one thinks of trees and plants, one might get the image of something that is growing, tangible, independent, and flourishing. In Death of a Salesman the images of trees and plants symbolizes the life that the character Willy Loman wants to return to.In the play the character Willy Loman is struggling with the fact that he can no longer plant on his land anymore. In the play it states that Willy bought his house because it stood in a wooded suburb where he could plant gardens and do a little hunting. Also, behind the house stood two elm trees, which symbolized the...
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Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, epitomizes the triviality of agonizing to achieve recognition according to the values of the capitalist system. The American dream is embedded deeply in the capitalist system. This dream of wealth and power drives individuals with an insatiable desire to pursue these goals however remote their chance of success. Only a selected few can reach the pinnacle of 'success.' The majority is left in awe and continues to strive towards their unreachable dream. Yet, perhaps these dreams are intrinsic to the human condition. It is not just capitalism that motivates people to pursue this far-fetched dream. Rather, the desire for power and wealth is an integral part...
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In "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller, the main character, Willy Loman is a man living on the cusp of modern America, in the late 1940's. As more and more new appliances and cars are being manufactured, Willy Loman is constantly trying to obtain the best things for his family. As he slowly starts to lose his mind in this materialistic world, it becomes clear that the only thing he is really concerned about is keeping up with the people around him in terms of success and possessions. Throughout the play, he constantly mentions the fact that he is running out of money and can no longer pay for their new appliances, and he mournfully regrets not going to Africa with Ben, who struck it...
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How Willy Loman fits the definition of Arthur Miller's common man, How Linda is both the savior and destroyer of Willy, and how Willy relates to Jay Gatsby 1. In Arthur Millers essay, Tragedy and the Common Man, he argues that the common man is just as appropriate as a subject for tragedy as people of noble status and higher ranks are. Willy Loman fits the definition of the common man as a tragic hero in Arthur Millers essay in several different senses. First, Arthur Miller states that the common man must have emotional problems. This statement fits Willy because throughout the play he struggles with his emotions. Willy experiences guilt during the play because he is...