Death Of A Salesman Critical Analysis

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In the tragedy, Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller explores an infamous ideology – The American Dream – as well as the impact it has on the individual, relationships and dynamics of a struggling family. In this essay, a critical analysis of Biff Loman and Willy Loman’s relationship as well as how the effect of The American Dream and American society on this dynamic duo. The American Dream is an ideology where the belief that through hard work, potential, dedication and perseverance, one can be successful and reap material rewards. Willy subscribes to the ideology that a well-liked, friendly and attractive man in business will acquire the material comforts offered by modern (the 1940s) American life – a slice the American dream. He also believes that potential and hard work will assist in attaining this “dream”. Miller criticises this distorted ideology repeatedly in the play. He uses Willy to personify this distortion as well as being a reflection of the pitfalls of the American society in the 1940s. Arthur Miller’s use of flashbacks is an integral part of the play that emphasises Willy’s personification of this distorted dream. Willy Loman’s inability to live in the present and constantly reverting to his mind rather than real life is the personified distortion. Willy often misinterprets reality, recreates…show more content…
He had a good dream. Its the only dream you can have – to come out No. 1 man. He fought it out here, and this is where I’m gonna win it for him.” (Act II, p. 57)). Willy refuses to admit that he has been a failure in the aspects of life that he reconstructed as great. Biff reminds us that the American Dream is not every man's
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