Essay about Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

1173 Words Nov 21st, 2016 5 Pages
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman presents two opposing views of the American dream, one from the eyes of Willy Loman and the other from the eyes of his son, Biff Loman. Over the course of one day, Willy’s concept of success is expressed through his failures to attain it throughout his life, while Biff’s perspective is dynamic and throughout the day he comes away with a different idea entirely of what it means to be successful. Biff’s eye-opening moment comes as he recognizes the true reality of the world because ultimately, Miller is not trying to present two equally valid ways of life and thinking. No, instead Miller reveals that it is Biff who will live in reality with the knowledge that the “American dream,” seen as a concrete and universal goal, is unattainable, but it is a dream that his father died believing in. According to Arthur Miller, the American Dream is a fantasy that Willy Loman embodies. Over the course of a single day, the audience is introduced to Willy Loman and says goodbye to the same Willy Loman a few acts later. Miller deliberate makes Willy a static character to demonstrate his perception of the American Dream as a clear-cut objective for everyone no matter their make or model. To Willy, the American Dream is to be well-liked and to have a family, a house, and a secure job. In a sense, that’s what he has, but even he can see right through his delusions. “I am known” he proclaims, he has two good-looking sons and a devoted wife, he has paid off…

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