The American Dream in The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller The notion that anyone can achieve financial success and material comfort depends mainly on the foundation of the main theme in this story. Willy Loman is portrayed as a man on a mission to create a comfortable and an acceptable life for him and his family. He works hard and even tries to mentor his son to change his life and work towards self-improvement and financial fulfillment. The author uses this story to analyze the concept of the American dream and how it is interpreted by different people in the society. Miller uses the life of Willy Loman, a mediocre salesperson who believes that personality is the key to achieving the American dream.
Willy Loman lived a more tragic life because of the constant change he wanted to achieve that never played out in his favor. When expectations are high from the people you love it’s difficult not falling for the pressure. Willy constantly felt uneasy about the wedge between him and his wealthy older brother Ben. Ben was a symbol of success and fortune: “No! Boys!
Irving plays off of various inspirations and his character Rip undergoes the typical heroic journey. Although his ends in an impasse. The lines between reality and fiction, what is credible and not, blur suggesting that the myth America will create for itself is disingenuous. The need and desire to fabricate the past results in no real accountability or adequate satisfaction to society. The story proves that society does not want to recognize its past.
Humans, by our very nature, are always striving to achieve more in life. Unfortunately, our materialistic society, and that of the Roaring Twenties, interpret this as striving for wealth. That pursuit often becomes all-consuming, eventually hindering our pursuit of gratifying life goals. In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald depicts wealth as a fraudulent thief whose pursuit must be abandoned for the sake of tangible fulfillment. He illustrates the dangers of attempting to find gratification in wealth through the life of Jay Gatsby, who ironically sacrifices morality, identity, and love in order to gain wealth, which he attempts to use to justify his claim to these very things.
“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
These differences are what often separate individuals in their own pursuit of the American dream while affecting the people, friends and family alike, around them. Throughout the plays Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and Fences by August Wilson, each of the two main characters have to deal with family conflicts concerning opportunities for success, as presented by the idea of the American dream. Both Willy Loman and Troy Maxson have their own belief of what American dream is truly defined as, but whenever they attempt to instill the same beliefs in their sons, they introduce and repeatedly worsen the problems of the already strained relationships between family members. The parents mean well and are attempting to positively impact the lives of their sons, yet each’s idea produces similar conflicts of each relationship that instead elicit more
The challenges Holden prevails overemphasize his diligence and highlight the committed route he embarks on as a hero. Salinger utilizes Holden’s hardships to portray the struggle he encounters while battling against his adverse odds during his escapade. Through Salinger’s interpretation of a hero, he depicts Holden as a character who persists to pass the obstacles that confront him; to illustrate, Holden’s constant feeling of loneliness consumes him along with his demoralizing background, providing an unstable foundation for Holden to grow and mature: "…I had this feeling that I 'd never get to the other side of the street. I thought I 'd just go down, down, down, and nobody 'd ever see me again…I 'd make believe I was talking to my brother
"The negative side of the American Dream comes when people pursue success at any cost, which in turn destroys the vision and the dream." In this quote, by Azar Nafisi, it explains how dreaming can be tainted by reality, and it that if you don 't compromise you may suffer. In the book The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald, the American Dream is one the many themes in this book. The American Dream that most people in this book obtains to have is wealth, statist, a fun social life, and someone to lust. It is the life we all strive to have until we obtain it and see it 's meaningless composure.
Fitzgerald exploited the story comes with figurative language and characterization so he demonstrated to the audience the ultimate goal may affect when falling in love with someone from a different social class can be an obstacle to achieving the American Dream. Gatsby carried unrealistic imagination in mind despite to his nature born in the low status of the society. Gatsby-himself must have faced many difficult challenges ahead in the society life to passed the self-limit to achieving his fantasy dream. As the author borrowed Nick’s narration in the story to illustration the characterization "His parents were shiftless and unsuccessful farm people--his imagination had never really accepted them as his parents at all.” (.98). This line depicted Gatsby life when he was a little, and this characterization contained a big ambitious dream of a child who starting from the bottom to get
Although Willy attempted to achieve the American Dream with effort and hard work, he still ultimately failed in the end. Furthermore, because of his failed attempts to reach the American dream, he began to become envious of others. Disappointed in himself and unable to cope with his failures, he started to deceive himself, falsely believing that he has become a successful salesman. Although the American Dream is something everyone strives towards, not everyone is able to reach it, which can be seen in Willy’s case. Willy struggling to achieve the American Dream and not being able to seize it stirs up questions about the truth of the American dream.