Death Of A Salesman The American Dream

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“The American Dream” “The American Dream” is what everyone hope to experience while living in American. It emphasizes the opportunities and equalities that one can achieve. Opportunities that every nation in the world dreams about. It is also the goal of having essential freedom to prosper in a successful manner of achieving those goals. In the play “The Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller is an example of what the American Dream is not about. Willy Loman fails to understand the true meaning and symbols of the American Dream. The American Dream is what most people desire to obtain by taking the steps to reach those goals like having a decent job, house, car and family. Which are all steps Willy Loman fails to grasp. Therefore Willy is struck …show more content…
Willy lives with struggle of change due to pride that is found within him almost used as way to cope with the lack of power in getting to choose the way he wants to live. By borrowing money he knows he could not pay back and refusing jobs like he was given an option. Willy does not know how to accept the change and cannot accept his mistakes. He has become so overwhelmed with the facts that his life has changed in the direction the he believed to be a failure but it was only because when he realizes that could not continue to live with so many changes that were occurring daily in his life. Willy is willing to hold on to any bit of hope that a big change is going to happen all with the reoccurring thought that his life is only going to change. Willy is certain that he strong hope for “someday [he’ll] have [his] own business, and [he’ll] never have to leave home anymore” (Act I). Insisting things will be better he is afraid that change may cause him to be considered a legend. Most importantly Willy is afraid of leaving his family behind knowing that his name has nothing to show for it. For example, When Willy chooses to start planting his only thoughts are about when things what will he be able to leave behind because he has nothing to show for it. All in all, he is …show more content…
Where in reality he was never a good role to begin with; when it came to becoming a successful businessman. He tries to make his fail into a success through his sons and his in denial that his boys are not the perfect example of what is means to be a be a businessman. Willy finds that his sons just want to have a job and a family of their own. He is cannot accept reality because he is stuck with the facts that everyone wants to live “The American Dream” but in the real world not everyone makes it. He finds it hard to accept reality due to his delusions of being the best salesman which slowly creates the fact that he feels there is no escape for the lies that he has created over time. Willy is unfortunately the only thing he really cares about is a lie and his biggest fear of failing his sons but most importantly himself. As he continues to feel trapped Willy believes that leaving town to escape his fail attempts will also allow him to escape his financial burden as well which brings him to no easy way out of his current situation. For example, Willy has dug a hole so deep for himself he finds it harder to turn things around. He almost tries to live in fill in his mistakes through his sons and finds it hard to live with his own personal failure with his sons following his footsteps. This causes him to feel worthless and unpopular. His tries to forget the past and things keep occurring

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