Themes Of The American Dream In Death Of A Salesman

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Death of a Salesman: An American Nightmare The playwright Arthur Miller takes us on a journey into the lives of the Loman family in the play Death of a Salesman set in post war Brooklyn 1949, when Americans are striving for the American Dream reaches full force. The play is taking place during the last twenty-four hours of Willy Lomans life. The Lomans are family that consists of Willy the father, Linda his wife, sons Biff and Happy. The play starts in a gloomy setting with the Loman’s home crowded by apartment buildings. A home once with a yard filled with grass and trees. The house and the yard evolve over the course of Miller’s play, as does the family. What once was the American Dream for the Lomans, warps in time into the American Nightmare …show more content…
Willy is sure his death will benefit his family. He feels he can provide for his family and give Biff a way to achieve the American Dream. Willy speaks to his dead brother Ben saying, “I can see it like a diamond, shining in the dark, hard and rough, that I can pick up and touch with my hand”(297). Willy dreams of the glory he can find in giving is family twenty thousand dollars and the success his death will bring his family, especially Biff. Willy wants all the things in life for Biff that he does not achieve in his life. Willy displays disappointment that Biff is not the son he envisions he shouts at Biff in the restaurant during a flashback, “No, you’re no good, you’re good for anything” (289). In truth, Willy is shouting the words at himself. Willy is hoping Biff will attain the success he is unable to achieve. Biff thinks he can borrow money to start a business. In his quest, Biff discovers more of what he is not and realizes the past is not actually, as he remembers. Willy refuses to see Biff as he is. The father still believes Biff can fulfill Willy’s desire for success. Willy believes Biff’s good looks and charm can bring his son the American dream. The sons leave their father at the restaurant Willy ask Stanley the waiter if there is a seed store in the neighborhood. Stanley tells Willy there is one on Sixth Avenue. Willy anxiously says, “I’ve got to get some seeds, right away. Nothings planed. I don’t have a thing in the ground” (294). Willy sees planting seeds as leaving a tangible memory for his family. The seeds represent part of Willy’s idea of the American

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