Essay about American Dream - Death of a Salesman
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