Similarities Between Psy Loman And Death Of A Salesman

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America has created a reputation as a place where anyone, no matter how economically challenged, can make a living and support a family. Immigrants have flooded the country since its founding, chasing the American dream and citizens were raised based on the idea that they as Americans were also entitled to success. This is true of the main characters in both of Arthur Miller’s plays, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. However, when the American dream is viewed only through capitalistic eyes it can lead to self-destruction. This paper will synopsize these two plays and then analyze how they were casting a negative light on laissez-faire capitalism with similar ideals to those of Karl Marx. Death of a Salesman Miller’s Death of a Salesman portrays a delusional family headed by Willy Loman, an unsuccessful salesman with unrealistic expectations. After a work trip where he almost crashed multiple times, he and his wife realize that he can no longer commute and decide he should ask his boss for a local job in New York. His son Biff is in town, which he is not exactly ecstatic about because of his farm hand career choice. He feels his son is wasting his time pursuing such a fruitless job when he believes Biff could be a hugely successful salesman like himself. Since he and his sons are popular and attractive, he feels they are entitled to success. After Willy starts having flashbacks and waking everyone up, his wife Linda confides in his sons, Biff and Happy, that he has
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