Essay on The Death Of A Salesman, By Willy Loman

1600 Words Apr 25th, 2016 7 Pages
A Dreamer’s Nightmare

The play “The Death Of A Salesman” conveys the tragedy of the American Dream. Willy Loman’s high hopes and blind ambition lead to despair and suicide. Similar to most ambitious self seekers, Willy Loman struggles to identify himself as a middling salesman and alters reality in order to fulfill his unrealistic version of the “American Dream.” The “American Dream” can spark ambition and perseverance in people with high moral values and ideals. It can also destroy a person with unrealistic goals and shallow values just like Willy Loman. His pursuit of the American dream leads to his destruction and tragedy because of his misconception that personality and good looks determine success, his delusions of grandeur and denial of reality, and his false idolatry of his successful brother, Ben and the legendary salesman, Dave Singleman.
The “American Dream” holds the principle that upward mobility and prosperity is possible with ingenuity, drive, and hard work with no exception to race, gender, sexuality, etc. However, Willy Loman is a 63-year old salesman who has a warped belief that physical appearance and a well-liked personality guarantees success which he instills in his two sons. Willy mistakenly believes that his son Biff, will automatically achieve success in the business world because he “[remembers] how they used to follow him around in high school[.] When he smiled at one of them their faces lit up” (Miller 16). Although good looks and a…

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