Death Of A Salesman American Dream Essay

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The American Dream is an ideal of prosperity, equality, freedom, and opportunity. The American Dream can be fulfilled regardless of any inequality and freedom, but it includes hard work, determination, and focus. Everyone has dreams, but they are thought and achieved differently by different people. Some think dreams can come true and are achievable through hard work and determination. On the other hand, some think dreams can also be fulfilled through external power such as physical traits, politics, finance, and status in society. Where the society neglect’s the education and moral values to be an important part to fulfill their dreams. In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman sees the American Dream differently. Willy Loman’s American Dream is where success is defined as being “physically attractive” and being “well liked” fails in today’s world. In the play Willy thinks the American dream is totally materialistic, where everything depends on how a person looks and how well is the person like by other people around.…show more content…
He even attempts suicide multiple time in order for Biff to get the insurance money and fulfill his dream again. Willy is only thinking about the money and does not consider the family sadness and the suffering they will go through after his death. Willy still thought by doing things that people will remember him by his sacrifice for his family, “Perhaps it is the contradiction in Willy’s nature that account for these negative responses” (Sterling 51). He did not think even through his death he would not be able to fulfill his perspective of the American Dream which he wanted his sons to have corporate jobs, where biff would be happy to work at the farm even if he did not receive his father’s insurance money. Whereas, “The corporate loyalty that Wily Loman displays became nothing more than a nostalgic, and perhaps tragic, relic from a bygone era”(Sterling

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