Willy Loman Achieving The American Dream

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Willy Loman is an ordinary man who embodies the idea of achieving the American Dream and reaching the standard of success that clean-shaven frontiersmen hold themselves to. Yet as he tries to hold himself to that standard, he always looks in the mirror and sees himself as a failure; no matter how hard he tries. Faced with the termination of his job, Willy never truly realized that he, in some sense, did achieve the American Dream; yet at the same time, his ambition caused him to be blind to that fact. Willy always thought of the American Dream to be exactly like Dave Singleman’s life. Dave was an eighty four year old salesman who had drummed merchandise in thirty-one states and who could now simply go into his hotel room, call the buyers, and…show more content…
Everything concerning the American Dream, appeared to Willy as a shiny, grand life to lead. Willy believed that someone who achieves the American Dream will never have to worry about finances or work long, tedious hours into the night just so they could get food on the table to provide for their family. He never understood that not everybody who pursues the American Dream will achieve this higher way of living; and that not everybody who achieves the definition of the American Dream, will live this quintessential life. Willy’s career as a salesman did give him didn’t give him and his family the normal success people would want. He wanted more, and since he didn’t accomplish his dream, he taught his kids into his way of seeing life, hoping they would follow in his path but succeed. “Biff: Well, I spent six or seven years after high school trying to work myself up. Shipping clerk, salesman, business of one kind or another. And it’s a measly manner of existence...And always to have to get ahead of the next fella. And still- that’s how you build a future” (22). Biff struggles with the competition inherent in the American way, but still holds it as a truth that he must take a path unpleasant for him in order to succeed. He modifies his ways
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