Even when his neighbour Charley offers him a job with a salary, Willy declines because he is too proud to work for Charley. He rather blames his failure on the superficiality of the business world and fixates himself on the idea that personality, not hard work, is the key to accomplishment. Perhaps, this is because Willy is living in a world where the pursuit of the American Dream is a predominant part of people’s lives, and the materialistic pressures of the superficial were beginning to permeate its actual values. Under this particular pressure, Willy has been fighting his entire life to achieve "the dream," but unfortunately, no one ever explains to him what its true values are or how to really make it. Therefore, Willy manages his life based on his overwhelming sense of pride and ambition, and in this way, Miller seems to criticize the idea of compromising happiness for success-- even though Willy truly believes that happiness is achieved through success.
In today’s society, the majority of people carry the belief that the dream is unattainable. However, the fact is that they are not willing to work for it, and expect “the government [to] actively work to help people achieve the American Dream,” (Source E). This flawed mindset is what makes the dream seem distant, for the American Dream is not the source of the problem. This sense of entitlement also leads to the destruction of the motivation that runs the American Dream, as well as completely warps the definition that manifests a positive image in the beneficiary’s head. The lack of entitlement enables the dream to function to the highest capacity possible, displaying how humbling oneself makes one even more capable of achieving true greatness.
Immoral Money It is evident that the American Dream is just an unreachable ambition and that people are destined to languish in their journey for money, love, and happiness. Everyone soon learns that the American Dream is just pretending to be the American Nightmare. This is seen in The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald. It follows wealthy Americans on their trek for the American Dream.
The American dream, hereby, is what Willy believed that is the perfect dream to be lived and should be his life chasing dream. As a result, Willy was always judging himself and all people around him, in addition to his family, by their money gathering, as is ordered by capitalism. Hence the society in which Willy lives will not permit him to live the American Dream but rather than always remind him of his reality. Willy is captivated by gathering things. His aspirations for goods make him want stuff that he neither required nor could manage to pay for.
The American dream influences the American people to have the opportunity to achieve success through work, determination and self- motivation. Many Americans were motivated and commit themselves to having their perfect life. However, not all Americans were able to achieve their dreams. Fitzgerald’s rhetorical device affects the American dream that characterizes the morality of people’s social classes and gender. Daisy, wealthy young woman living in East Egg, loved a young man named, Gatsby.
As American culture changes over the decades, so does the meaning of the American Dream. The American Dream, a term first coined in 1931 by freelance writer James Adams Truslow, was the theory that each person, regardless of their background, can work hard and get wealthy. It was a very idealistic way of thinking, but unrealistic for many due to inequality and individual aspirations. The literary works of F.Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby, Luis Valdez’s “In Lak 'ech:You are my Other Me” and “Zoot Suit”, Jon Krakauer’s Into the Wild, and Eleanor Roosevelt’s speech “What has happened to the American Dream?” depicts how individuals from different decades in American history define the American Dream. As America evolves throughout the twentieth century, so does what people view as important, which adds on to what the American Dream means.
Success in the American Dream The American Dream is defined as equal opportunity for everybody regardless of race, social status, or religious beliefs to achieve success through hard work and determination. However, success is defined differently for everyone. Some examples of success are money, love, happiness, fame, and power. One of the main themes seen in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald is their attempt of success in the American Dream.
This novel by John Steinbeck focuses on the two main characters' friendship and struggles to find and keep a job in this economy. The novel recognizes the impossible "American Dream" that people are striving for. Every character in this book knows that times are hard and their dreams are far reached. At the end of the day, everyone knows that, based on their lives, their American Dream will never come true and it will remain what it is, a dream.
Linda defends Willy and insists that Willy, as a traveling salesman, merely exhausts himself rather than become crazy. Even if Willy’s financial reality reveals the fact that he can never come true his American dream, Linda still refuses to break his fantasies and see through his lies. Instead, she supports Willy’s American dream and believes in Willy’s idea that success is possible for anyone. Even though Willy is often rude to her and ignores her opinions, she protects him at all costs. She loves Willy, so she can accept all of his shortcomings.
The picture perfect life that the American Dream promotes is unrealistic and superficial because money is unable to fill the void of happiness or love. Contrary to earlier days, we now life in a time when even a strong work-ethic does not guarantee money, success or opportunities. While many are so ensorcelled by the illusions of the American Dream, we often fail to realize its falsity and constraints. Whether financially or socially, the society coaxes in the unsuspecting American dreamer, only to then spit them out in a wave of despair, failure and hopelessness. As demonstrated by numerous non-conformist individuals, the Dream lies not in the realm of materialism but rather in that of the intangible; often requiring an extreme leap of faith
For Willy Loman, it is the situation of possessing material goods—such as, “the refrigerator, the car, and the house.” Also, Willy Loman desires to educate his son, but he was not able to fulfill his aim. It is written, “Willy Loman has a son, Biff, who is a promising high school football player with hopes of attending the University of Virginia. He never makes it” (Walton 57-58). Huck, however, show this idea of the American Dream when he was trying to free Jim.
This “false” American Dream made him have issues in his life and didn’t have strong enough support to sustain in his life. He depended on his family to support him but they didn’t. As they always say, it comes down to family support when one struggling, but in this case, he didn’t get any support hence Willy’s
However, pursuing this goal came with a price. Since he was highly motivated to becoming a successful salesman, he rarely stayed at home. Instead, he spent most of his time travelling around the country to conduct sales. He became a workaholic, forcing himself to make sacrifices in his family life in order to seek his own ambitions. Therefore, Willy’s perfectionistic ideals led to his demise.
The American Dream - Death of a Salesman “The hope for a better tomorrow has no doubt been with the human race for thousands of years, but for a very long time that hope, for the most part, remained dim as the battle for survival dominated life,” (DeLair 1). The definition of the American Dream by James Adams has a major influence on people in the 1950’s. The American Dream can be portrayed in many ways, and many have their own opinion about the American dream; from life experiences, stories, and movies, the American dream has influenced people, giving them strives and motives to succeed in their dreams. Everyone has their own American Dream, in different perspectives; “Death of a Salesman,” by Arthur Miller represents the American Dream