Arthur Miller’s, Death of a Salesman, suggest the idea of the American Dream as a way for either success or, ultimately, failure. The belief of the American Dream is such that given the state of freedom, one can use that freedom towards prosperity and success if they so choose to work hard in order to achieve that success. There is a fine line, though, between prosperity and failure. The person working towards their American Dream must give everything he/she has in order to achieve everything he/she has ever wanted. If he/she does not put in the needed effort, failure is awaiting them like a venomous snake stalking its prey. Miller uses the American Dream to describe just that, the fine line between success and failure within the character …show more content…
Linda displays the American Dream with her successes and failures in life, shown by her unrelenting faith in Willy and her love for him and her sons. Linda is seen as a very complex character throughout the play because of what she says but also of what she holds back and keeps to herself. This entails her idea of the American Dream of being able to create a home for oneself and she is almost able to call her house her own as she states in the play, “I made the last payment on the house today” (139). Linda only needed to call something her own in order to have achieved her American Dream which came from paying off her house. Linda realizes her dream before her sons or husband because after Willy dies she sits at his grave and mutters “we’re free….we’re free….”(139). Throughout the play, Linda had only wanted to pay off the house which became a force of stability and success in her life even if Willy did not view it as such. From the beginning, Linda and Willy always suffered from lack of money as Linda explains to her sons, “ he has to go to Charley and borrow fifty dollars a week and …show more content…
In her arguments with Biff she explains that “a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid” (56). This implies that Linda contains a further knowledge of the insight on Willy and even with his faults, she still married him and made the oath that until death do they part. She understands that Willy is not himself and she holds the belief that she can help him as “he’s not to be allowed to fall into his grave like an old dog”(56). Linda comes clean with Biff and tells him that he “can’t just come to see [her], because [she] love[s] him…. He’s the dearest man in the world to [her]”(55). Linda has hopes that Willy can fight through his suicide attempts and he is just going through a rough patch as a “man who never worked a day but for your benefit”(57). This is why, when she finds the rubber hose, she leaves it there, in hopes that Willy will finally find his American Dream and stop with the nonsense of his supposed lack of success. She wants Willy to take away the hose with dignity which is what she explains to Biff when she says, “how can I insult him that way?...he put his whole life into you and you’ve turned your backs on him”(60). Linda thinks Willy can still find the American Dream of success if he just focuses on paying off the house which is why she leaves him to take the rubber hose off himself, so he can discover the dream with dignity. Even though Willy is
After reading about that, one cannot help but think back to Linda’s care and concern in this opening scene of the book. It is clear that Willy has put her through and continues to put Linda through quite a deal, yet she consistently fights to care for him and ensure his safety. She treats him with such compassion, that him having an affair makes Willy a deal
The ability to forge one’s path is a part of the American Dream. Furthermore, diligence characterizes the American Dream. McCandless’s belief that “a challenge in which a successful outcome is assured isn’t a challenge at all” (Krakauer 182) reflects this statement. McCandless’s beliefs and attempts to survive note the necessity of perseverance and
While Lennie was rubbing her hair, she didn’t want him to mess it up so she told him to stop and he started rubbing her hair harder and she tried to run and Lennie covered her mouth to prevent her from screaming but he accidentally snapped her neck. This proves that the American dream will fail because John Steinbeck uses Curley’s wife to prove that American dream is a
No matter who you are or where you have come from, you have undoubtedly heard of the American Dream. The idea that no matter who you are or where you have come from, you can do whatever it is you desire in America. What was once one the main driving forces for immigrants to flock to the new world, has slowly changed over the years, but still holds its value in the eyes of those who are looking for a promising new place to live. The American dream might not hold the same awe inspiring sound that it once did, but for many generations before ours it was a beacon of hope that helped build the foundation that the United States was built on. And, still, today the American dream might not be as achievable as it once was, but it is still an important
While Linda enabled him, Willy could not help himself too keep ruining the good opportunities he had and turning them into some factious reality. At Willy`s funeral Biff comes to the realization that his father had all the wrong dreams and visions of success. Willy`s only dream was the fake “American Dream” that people believe will happen overnight. Willy`s failed attempts and happiness bonded into one and played a part into him creating this false reality and persona that he was the best salesman and that he was well loved by everyone around him.
She feels that for her family, the dream will simply remain a dream. On the contrary, some feel that the American dream is still easily accessible. In the poem “Europe and America”, by David Ignatow, he tells about a father and son and their experiences with the dream. For the son, the dream was simple to achieve due to all the hard work provided by the father. Ignatow shows this through lines 7-9 in which he writes’ “
“The American Dream is a dream about getting ahead,” and most people don't realize what that takes. They don't see that it takes failure to succeed; instead they go rushing into their lives and don't get a chance to experience other things. Failure is necessary to proceed,
In Death of a Salesman, Linda is Willy’s loyal and loving wife, who always unconditionally supports Willy’s unrealistic American Dream and defends Willy against the criticisms of their sons. She criticizes that Biff should not wander from place to place any more because she and Willy are getting older and will leave this world one day. Biff replies to Linda’s statements, but he doesn’t mention Willy at all. Biff’s behavior makes Linda upset and angry; Linda tells Biff that he either respects his father or leaves home. When Linda tells Biff that Willy often mumbles to himself, Biff is ashamed of Willy’s irrational behavior.
In 1905 my great-great-grandfather set foot in the United States. He had come to start anew, much like the thousands of people every year who pack their bags and leave entire lives to start from scratch in order to get a second chance at life so that their children or other family members may hit the ground running. As seen from other countries, this is the American Dream. To embark on a social climb to provide a better future for themselves and their family. In today 's society, the American Dream is defined by popularity, how much one is able to capitalize off of anything thrown their way, and the amount of wealth one has accumulated for themselves from it.
The American Dream is the essence of most American Icons today. The “American Dream” is a dream in which people who were nothing and worked with a low paying job became the CEO of a big company because they strived for their success. People think the American dream is being able to own a home or having freedom but, it’s so much more than that. It offers education, and opportunities that anyone can become anything through their hard work and determination for their dream. Although this dream I’m speaking of is sounds so pure and beautiful everyday it gets harder and harder to strive and develop for those dreams by the barriers being put up by society creating Division.
Every individual has their view of the American Dream, but the national notion of the phrase divides individuals and is devastating to the less fortunate. Some people will never reach the “American Dream” whether it is because of internal or external causes. Internal causes would be that the person does not exhibit the motivation and drive to succeed and always find the need to want to push forward. The person might be depressed because of family issues, which causes the person to not work at their full potential. An example of an external cause could be that employer who makes bias judgments on a person’s ability based on their characteristics and where society would place them in a social hierarchy.
He is married. All throughout the play we see Willy going through some issues from his past and eventually becomes lost in reality which drives him to commit suicide. Willy is a traveling salesman and in act one, he says that he has a secret and tells Biff and Happy that one day he’ll have his own business and that he’s never have to travel or leave home again
When one thinks about the American dream, there are common themes that pop up in everyone’s dream of making it big in the USA. These dreams can span from living lavishly or just to make enough money to support oneself. In the play, Death of A Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, the character Charley believes that character and quality equate to success. Along with this, in an interview conducted with Atul Chodhry, my father who moved to America to try and complete his American dream, believes that like Charley, one mustn’t give up, and keep diligence in order to reach the American dream of owning a well operated business. Both my father and Charley believed that to achieve one’s American Dream, one cannot be afraid of the hardships that comes with trying to reach one’s goals, nor be afraid to give it time, and in the end, the dedication will pay off, and with great values, anything is reachable when one wants to go for his/her dream.