In the beginning of the play wee see Willy’s sons, Biff and Happy, on the same path as their father. Towards the end of the play however, we can grasp the fact that Biff is not on the same road as Happy and Willy. Through many events in the play Biff realized that not only did Willy have his dream backwards but he too was trying to pursue something he didn 't appreciate. The play, Death of a Salesman, is directly related to the quote “You stuff someone into the American Dream, and it becomes a prison” said by Craig L. Thomas. Willy Loman is the best example for someone being stuck in the so called American dream prison.
Willy recalls that Dave was so skillfull and respected that could sell goods without even leaving his room by just calling the buyers, he would “go up to his room, put his green velvet slippers – I’ll never forget – and … made his living” (Miller 1518). Dave was “remembered and loved and helped by so many people” (Miller 1518), which is what Willy wanted so desperately his whole entire life. When Dave died, “he died the death of a salesman, in his green velvet slippers in the smoker” (Miller 1518). Hundreds of people were attending Singleman’s funeral. Therefore, Willy imagines a similar funeral after his death and is convinced that it would prove to his sons that he has not wasted his life.
Everyone wants to live the American Dream, the ideology that everyone living in the United States should have equal opportunity to achieve success if hard work is put in. In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy tries to live the American Dream but can 't achieve it. He works as an unsuccessful salesman who always looks to his past mistakes and tries to live someone else 's life rather than his own. Instead of putting in hard work to achieve success, Willy thinks that popularity is all that 's needed to achieve the American Dream. As most of the play takes place in Willy 's past memories, different motifs always introduce Willy in a scene or when Biff steals Bill Oliver 's pen, which shows that Willy has raised Biff to become a person with little moral values because of Willy 's idea that success is based on popularity.
The play Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, is a portrayal of a middle aged man caught up in his interpretation of the American Dream of becoming a successful salesman. The audience is taken through a reflection of his life with his family by his side, and the causes of his eventual downfall. Death of a Salesman depicts the “typical” 1940’s, American middle class family lifestyle as one of a patriarchal society, having surface level values, and focused on the American dream. In the play, Willy’s character is portrayed as intense, dominating, and is revered by his children and wife. Miller portrayed this patriarchal dominance through the husband-wife and father-son relationships, leading the audience to believe that an average middle class American family of the time would be one of a patriarchal society.
Day 6 Outdoors is continuing to grow and help design, market, and build new hunting and outdoor equipment. Sports teach you to never give up. Being an entrepreneur Mr. Carreker has gone through some tough times financially. He never gave up. He continued to do what he loved and was able to make a career out of it.
In "The Great Gatsby", Fitzgerald explores a number of themes such as religion, fame, relationships but perhaps the most important theme is the downfall of the American Dream. The book depicts Gatsby 's lifestyle, living what he believes to be his American Dream. The American Dream is the definition of success, where anyone can be successful as long as they are willing to work hard for their dreams. Gatsby seems to be living his dream since he grew up in a farm with limited resource, and has become rich and famous. Throughout the book, Fitzgerald gives his view on the American Dream since the 1920 's and how it had lead Gatsby to deception and artificial relationships.
Willy Loman is the central figure of the play. He’s an untalented but energetic man gripped by the American dream. Willy’s personality disintegrates as he moves into his 60’s and his strength begins to fail him. He commits suicide in hope of earning thousands in life insurance for his wife and two sons. Over the course of the play, he is presented as a complex person who hides deep insecurity beneath bluster and drive, relying on his handsome and athletic sons to compensate for his own sense of inadequacy.
And he was eighty-four years old, and he’d drummed up merchandise in thirty-one states. And old Dave, he’d go up to his room, y’understand, put on his green velvet slippers-I’ll never forget-and pick up his phone and call the buyers, and made his living. And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want.” (pg. 81). This view of the “greatest career a man could want” was the defining ideal of Willy’s life.
When Hiram decided to get to the bottom of what happened to Emmett Till that was the correct amount of ambition and determination. But, when Hiram kept questioning his father about why he didn’t want him going to Greenwood, Mississippi to see his grandfather, that was the wrong way to use his ambition. This then put him and his father at odds and would ultimately end up proving to be dangerous to himself. All in all there were times when Hiram used ambition the right way but certainly times when he used it in
It is understood that hard work goes into the American Dream, but there is a fine line where enough is enough. President Donald Trump once stated “The American Dream is dead”— a powerful statement and testament from him. When he claims that the American Dream is dead, Trump means that the original idea behind the American Dream has disappeared, and now seems as though it is no longer associated with the phrase. The American Dream has been a far fetched idea since it was first proposed back in the late nineteenth century and was something that was impossible from the start, especially for minorities and immigrants. In his novel entitled Black Boy, Richard claims to want a better life, but does nothing in particular to strive for it.