Essay on The Death Of A Salesman

948 Words Nov 9th, 2015 4 Pages
The American dream is the ideal that every U.S. citizen should have an equal opportunity to achieve success and prosperity through hard work, determination, and initiative. It is a life of personal happiness and material comfort as traditionally sought by individuals in the U.S.
The Death of a Salesman and The Atlanta Exposition Address both tell a story of men striving to achieve the American dream. In The Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman strives to make it rich by being a salesman. We are never told what Mr. Loman is selling and maybe this is so all individuals will relate to him. He wants to become rich and successful; however he has one big problem standing in the way of his dream. He is not good at selling. Willy is struggling to pay his bills and rather than throwing in the towel and getting another job, he borrows money from his friend to keep his family afloat. The reason Willy Loman wanted to continue his life of being a salesman was his desire to follow in the footsteps of Dave Singleman; a successful salesman he met years before. After witnessing the love others from many different towns had for Dave, Willy felt confident that being a salesman was the way to achieve the American dream and now he was living that dream. He said that selling was the greatest career a man could want (Arthur, 1949). Dave Singleman represented someone who liked by many and Willy believed this is how he became successful.
Willy Loman tries to instill his idea of the American dream into…

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