Cousin clearly explains that every man is afraid to accompany Everyman because they are crippled by fear of their own ill-preparation for death. Every man is so concerned with his own account that helping another with his seems completely foolish. This sentiment expresses man’s self-indulgence and places into perspective the things that are of utmost value. Everyman then places his trust in Goods, believing that his obsession and time spent would be sufficient for Goods to accompany him. However, Everyman is sorely disappointed, as Goods, too, will not bear witness for Everyman.
Loman idolizes Dave Singleman -an ex-salesman, Charley- his friendly neighbor, Ben, and Howard, the boss. What these individuals have in common is financial success and influence on other. While the rest of the characters have different interpretations of the American dream, Loman centers his notions on financial success. Additionally, unlike his son, Loman believes in using one’s personality and charisma to charm one’s way to success. He is willing to lie and false-misrepresent himself even to his son, to achieve success.
Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor. When expectations are high from the people you love it’s difficult not falling for the pressure. Willy constantly felt uneasy about the wedge between him and his wealthy older brother Ben. Ben was a symbol of success and fortune: “No! Boys!
Will Smith, who played the role of Chris Gardner represents an ordinary man in the 1980s America. Throughout the movie, Chris Gardner is portrayed as a man who tries hard to follow his dream and does not give any opportunity until he reaches his goals. He is portraying the American value of individual overcoming struggle, the pursuit of freedom and equality, and reliance on own strength to realize self-worth. Through this, the movie sends out the message that America is a place where people can achieve success if they are hard-working which drives people’s admiration
The lightbulb, the airplane, the microwave—these are all brilliant inventions that are commonplace and necessary to maintain high standards of living, reflecting the hard work and ingenuity of American citizens in the past. Many hail these inventions as a testament to the American Dream, which is the idea that with hard work, anyone can become his best self, and in doing so, he will be rewarded with comfort and sustenance, citing the inventors and other great American creators who achieved success against the bleakest of origins. However, this optimistic facet of American culture has never been available to everyone—consider the inventions not made by enslaved African Americans; oppressed, uneducated women; and mentally ill or mentally-impaired people—and it never will be. The American Dream is not feasibly attainable for those born into poverty, nor is it equally reachable across all demographics. First, a child born into poverty will never achieve as much as a child born into wealth, despite working equally as diligently.
There will always be some challenges. That is probably the main reason Homer’s dad, wanted them to work in the coal mine. They would have a job, and a house to live in, they would have played it safe. When Homer came to him and spoke this quote, his dad finally saw that Homer had achieved a better life, that the one he had planned. When Homer’s dad shows up at the last rocket launch, he shows that he’s proud of his son, properly the biggest success Homer could hope
“Man has to be man-by choice; he has to hold his life as a value-by choice; he has to learn to sustain it-by choice; he has to discover the values it requires and practice his virtues-by choice,” John Galt says as he speaks about the value of man's life. A person cannot make anyone complete an action that is not of his/her choice. Whether it is a bad choice or good choice made, you have to be able to think to make that final decision. If one does not want to use their brain they will find themselves failing at more than just intelligence. They will not be able to value themselves or their lifestyle.
For example, Geisel always wanted to please everyone and be nice to everyone no matter the difference. Before his wife Helens tragic death, Ted was doing very well with his work but throughout his life and career Geisel was very aware of people's feelings. Even when Ted went to Oxford to achieve his doctorates degree he was trying to make his father proud but he just didn't fit in and he decided it was best if he dropped out and pursue his dream career instead. Ted knew this would disappoint his father but it was best for him overall. In attempts to please his father when theodor started his career writing for a column he created called the “Boids and Beasties” he signed it as Dr.Seuss.
man conflict between Tommy and Dr. Adler is significant because it brings to light the difficulties of living life as a modern man, modern in that money, wealth, possessions and power are the ultimate goal in the post-war society. Tommy does not fit in with the other workingmen around him and wishes that he could leave the city, recalling the farm he used to live on which made him feel that he belonged in the country. A sensitive and weak person, as Tommy seems to be, cannot find comfort in this dog-eat-dog world. One can argue that his inability to survive in this atmosphere is directly related to the insensitive lack of nurturing he received from his father and absence of a
In The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, Jay Gatsby almost lived out his American dream, by finding the love of his life, and almost fulfilled the dream to be with her forever. At the beginning, Jay Gatsby made a dream for himself, he would have possibly been able to accomplish this dream if his life had not changed. He lived as a necessitous child and eventually enlisted and went into the military. When he was younger he had a planner, where he kept his schedule for a daily routine, which was a symbol of him striving to achieve his dreams. “One other dimension of Gatsby 's early, striving is revealed to Nick at the funeral by the grieving father, who lauds his son 's generosity to him.