The American Dream as It Relates to Death of a Salesman Essay
In the 19th Century the American Dream was symbolized by the ownership of rich farm land or the attaining of independent craftsmanship. Biff is representative of this …show more content…
A combination of the two above versions of the dream is represented by Willy. In Willy we see the personification of the past infiltrating the present. Present events bring to mind past memories and Willy spends a lot of time actually speaking to Young Biff and to a degree to Young Happy.
He also has dreams and goals, including wanting a hammock to swing between trees and being able to build things (19th Century American Dream) and wanting to pay off his house and have other material things (20th Century American Dream). His job as a salesman is the quintessential 20th Century American Dream job. He swings like a pendulum between the two versions of the dream and often finds himself in a very unclear middle ground. Miller himself observed in a notebook entry "Life is formless its interconnections are formed by lapses of time, by events occurring in separated places, by the hiatus of memory" (Miller,