Essay about American Dream - Death of a Salesman

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The play Death of a Salesman greatly portrays a specific ideology in regards to values, dreams, goals, and success in our consumer-driven society. It helps showcase the American dream that society tends to strive for even in the early 1900’s (the play is set in the 1940’s). That dream of being a successful business person or vendor. As well as the theory that image and physical attributes are most important to gaining fruition. Willy Loman plays a man in his sixties who has strived for this American dream for over 30 years but realistically has failed miserably on his goal in life – a wealthy salesman like his idol Dave Singleman (a fellow who could make a fortune selling without even leaving his hotel room). He spends his entire life in …show more content…
This field is important as it ensures and maintains an appropriate public image for businesses. It is important for marketing as people place so much emphasis on preferred image.
I believe Millers views in this play are bang on with the issues on values, dreams, goals, and success in our consumer-driven society. People place so much emphasis on unrealistic and inappropriate goals just because they are swayed by the propaganda and promotion of salesmanship. This world of sales is usually encumbered with deceit, hypocrisy and fraud in order to make it to the top. In the play, Willy produced and built his values based on phening for that success regardless of being fully aware that doing so will not bring him to the financial growth he yearned for and respect that he desired. He refused to re-evaluate his values right up until the day of his death. Just like Willy in this play, peoples behaviour, goals and values reflect a major lack of wisdom and knowledge.
Near the end of the play, Biff finally comes to realization that himself, Happy and this father have been chasing false hopes and dreams. He says “ We never told the truth in this house for ten minutes”. He knew he was born to pursue a life of hard real work not the life of a salesman but he idolized his father so much throughout his youth that he wanted to be “just like dad”. Not realizing that dad was nothing that he said he was. Biff does blame Willy for his failing fate. I believe he

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