Role Of The American Dream In Death Of A Salesman

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Raiyan Chowdhury
Ms. Duke
14 July 2017
Corruption through a Distorted Dream In the past century, the American Dream has been a primary objective for millions of migrants from all across the globe. Promising immigrants to the States are easily glamorized by the idea of home ownership, social equality irrespective of their personal background, and fundamentally, the thought of leading the lifestyle of a first-world American. More often than not, however, many individuals discover the American Dream is less attainable than they had originally imagined, and is not as they had envisioned. In the drama Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, a faulty perception of the American Dream creates conflict for the protagonist Willy Loman and his
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Willy feels the pressure to own a home, though it is unaffordable for him. Furthermore, he soon feels his efforts put into the purchase of the house had mostly gone in vain, saying “Work a lifetime to pay off a house. You finally own it, and there’s nobody to live in it” (Miller 15). Miller reveals the delusional nature in Willy’s view of the American Dream, in that he spends all his life in working to own something that has virtually no value by the time he becomes its owner. Moreover, he struggles in keeping up with his payments for the maintenance of the home, an expense he could potentially have avoided by not conforming to societal views of the American Dream. When Linda informs Willy their weekly expenses, he exclaims, “A hundred and twenty dollars! My God, if business don’t pick up I don’t know what I’m gonna do!” (Miller 36). As a result, his debts increase, and he finds that he is unable to make his payments without borrowing …show more content…
Willy is irritated on a regular basis with Biff for not holding a stable job with a sizeable income. More than often, this leads him to disputes with his son and damages their relationship. In a conversation with his wife, Willy scorns with disdain, “When the hell did I lose my temper? I simply asked him if he was making any money” (Miller 15). Biff’s inability to make a career is a primary cause of the rift between Willy and himself. Furthermore, Linda takes the role of financial management in the household, and continually hearing of his financial troubles lead to Willy’s resentment for his wife. When his wife speaks to him concernedly, he responds irritably, “I said nothing happened. Didn’t you hear me?” (Miller 13). Though she does not express the same bitterness, it harms the relationship by creating indifference between the

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