Willy Loman

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The relevance of this play increases with each passing decade. Although it is set in a specific time and place, it remains universal and timeless. Indeed, Miller proved to be prophetic in his dark view of the future facing the common man. Miller had forecast the coming changes in which workers would be treated as being disposable, loyalties to and from employers and employees would become a thing of the past. A lot of things that Arthur Miller was concerned about have gotten a lot worse today. It’s shocking how relevant the play is to a modern audience.
Willy sympathetically represents all the contemporary common businessmen of America. He begins as a salesman. He lays emphasis on the social forces. Miller usually defends the employment;
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In the time the play was set (the 1930s), up until the here and now, it has been a common occurrence for a child's parents to try and foist the dreams they themselves were unable to accomplish upon their sons or daughters. Similar to what happened to Willy Loman's family in the play, these circumstances tend to create kid-to-parent conflicts. Also, as Willy Loman spent his whole life in pursuit of the American Dream, many families today are doing the same, whether as a whole, or individually. It is said that history repeats itself, and it looks to be holding true within numerous American families as they strive to become one of the lucky few who are able to achieve the ever-elusive "American…show more content…
If this is so, then the nation of America, throughout its abundant number of generations, can relate to being caught up in the ideals of the American Dream. It seems the lower and middle class populations, of which Willy is a prime example, put their faith in the pursuit of the American Dream, believing it to be infallible if they only try hard enough to achieve it. Its promise of financial security and happiness beckon to many. It did so in the 1930s and continues to be pursued by families of today. The American Dream also holds great appeal for the nation's illegal immigrants. Indeed, many people migrating to the land of the United States are looking for better opportunities; in education, jobs and even just simply living. It is apparent that aspects from Death of a Salesman have persevered throughout the decades and remain pertinent to American family life. Parents continue to "give everything" so that their children may have better and still think that when their children turn down the dreams that have been imposed upon them that it is a reflection of their parenting abilities, though it is not so. In addition, the belief in the American Dream is still alive and kicking. This is in part due to all the wonderful things it seems to promise, which include financial support, a higher standard of living, and a happily ever
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