Death of a Saleman

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Willy Loman and the American Dream Authors have been known to use the American Dream as part of a theme in many of their works. The American Dream is sought out to be the full pursuit of happiness that one is capable of obtaining. It consists of an individual dream based on determination, labor, and well defined rules of behavior. To find the American Dream, one must seize the moment to acquire greatness. In Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman, he portrays Willy Loman as the seeker of the American Dream. Willy has trouble finding this “dream” because he did not necessarily enjoy everything he did in his life, although he did work hard at trying to achieve his dream. Willy Loman is the main character in the play. He is an insecure, self-deceived traveling salesman. He is a lower middle-class working man, a status he retains throughout the play. Willy believes wholeheartedly that the American Dream will give him easy success and wealth. Throughout the play he presents himself as a more important, successful man than he really is. When he begins to lose his own power and his illusions to the reality of his actual conditions, Willy’s mental health begins to dwindle. There are many reasons why Willy Continue...


The thoughts that Willy Loman thinks about are most likely having the American Dream. If I'd've gone the other way over the white line I might've killed somebody. Ben had everything going for him and was not afraid to go out there and do what he wanted to do. Charley is generous to lend it to him because he knows that Willy will not pay him back. Willy Loman could have attained the American Dream by realizing he was looking in the wrong places. In the end of the play Willy commits suicide because he realizes he cannot reach this dream. Although he has just basically been told how the American Dream could be up there, Willy turns Ben down and refuses to get help from him. In the scene where Charley encounters Willy, Charley simply asks him the question "You want a joband Willy forcefully answers back "I got a job, I told you that. Another opportunity Willy turns down is when his brother, Ben, asks him to go to Alaska with him after he has just made a lot of money in Africa. Surprised you're not up there(1813). In the beginning of the play he tells his wife about his recent excursion to New York. Willy states, "I absolutely forgot I was driving. cannot fulfill his idea of the American Dream. The reader may sense that Willy realizes this all along, but he is afraid to go along with his brother's ideas.