The Illusion Of The American Dream Essay

1348 Words Mar 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Ryan Zabava
T. Gonzales
English 1302
The Illusion of the American Dream

Arthur Miller 's "Death of a Salesman" reflects the issues of the post-war United States was dealing with during the late 1940 's. Death of a Salesman was written to show how the Loman family dealt with the idea and pursuit of the American dream. In the family there is Willy the father, Linda the mother, Biff a thirty-four old son, and Happy a thirty-two year old son. The two main characters of the story is Willy and Biff. Willy and Biff started out alike but as the story continues they grow farther and farther apart. Willy is an insecure, self-deluded traveling salesman. One point in time willy was doing pretty good, but as the story continues he began to lose his game. Biff on the other hand started out following his fathers wished of being perfect, but due to some of Willy’s actions Biff has completely rebelled against his dad’s wishes. This paper will go discuses the pursuit of the American dream for both Willy and Biff, and will also go explain how they invasion their idea of success.
“Death of a Salesman” is a play that shows the downfall of Willy Loman, an aging salesman who is at one time is financially successful, but is now approaching the end of his efficacy. Miller uses symbolism to expand on the conflicts within the Loman family. The family consists of Willy the father, Happy a son, Biff another son, and Linda the mother. Happy and Biff, represent Willy 's two conflicting…

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