“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.
Although Willy has a professional understanding of the world of sales he doesn’t realise that this idealised world full of self-deceit that he retreats into has been hampering his ability to realise his own failures both personal and to his family. As such his inability to grasp the true personal, emotional and spiritual understanding of himself as a man and not as a salesman has led to Willy being labelled as a modern American tragic hero. Each audience in the respective era
Our nation was founded on the core beliefs that we are all entitled to the rights of “life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness”- ideals often embraced by today’s culture, and exercised as a prideful venture toward “The American Dream”. Indeed, this American way of living, this virtue, extends beyond simply going to the office each and every day for eight programmed, anticlimactic hours- we dream up solutions to complex problems, turn science fiction into reality, and build up our own capitalistic enterprises with a burning passion for wealth, forging “something” out of nothing but our will, and earnest determination. For McCandless, taking this fundamental ideology back to its roots, was something vital to him, back where these ambitious dreams dealt by pioneers, became a reality- the pure American soil, free from material excess. Almost nothing can be described as more American then leaving behind everything known to you, in an unfaltering search to conquer a greater purpose, to start over and make a name for yourself- it’s what the Pilgrims had done when they set out on the Mayflower, exploring for a better life, finding a broad new frontier which would become the canvas for innovation and the foundation for all great American dreams; this is what McCandless sought to reach, in his own American way.
Dreaming to be Rich and Famous In the 1960’s the American Dream had to do with basic Human Rights. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was in the forefront of the Civil Right Movement to fight for these rights, and had many supporters. Americans in the 1960’s were asking for equal rights to vote, to sit where they wanted on busses and in restaurants, and they did not want to be judged by their skin tone. Now, Americans dream of celebrity status.
To Willy the “American Dream” is not hard work, dedication and innovation its being successful and well liked. If Willy wasn’t successful there was no going out and changing the way he approached things, its success or fail for him. Willy wants the success the easy way, where he doesn’t do anything he doesn’t try hard to dedicate himself to get better, he wants it handed to him. Willy’s sons Happy and Biff don’t have the same drive to be a salesman like Willy does. That’s one reason Willy’s life starts to go in a spiral, his sons do not want anything to do with being a salesman.
Willy’s rejection of reality, stems from his fear of recognizing the mounting evidence of his failure to fulfill his desires and expectations. Willy’s concept of “success” is defined by the capitalist values of American society. Willy evaluates his life in terms of material success, shaped by the search of the American Dream. He adheres to the belief that if he works hard enough, he will be rewarded.
"Do not dwell in the past, do not dream of the future, concentrate the mind on the present moment"- (Buddha). The American dream is a crucial aspect of America 's history and is displayed through the form of wealth, fame, and business. This topic has been alive through the past, present and will be through the future. .What are the different aspects of the American dream?
“The meaning of the american dream has changed over the course of history, and includes both personal components (such as home ownership and upward mobility and a global vision.” This statement means that the american dream is as much a preferences as it is a definition of a perfect life. “Historically the dream originated in the mystique regarding frontier life. originated a long time ago is how i interpreted this statement. “The first part of the American dream is the dream of abundance.
America has been influenced by hope, faith, hard work, and literature throughout history during its search for self. It took a lot throughout the creation and the development of american life. America’s search for self began in the very beginning of america 's creation. Starting from the first settlers who had to create their own homes to learning how to plant their own crops with no idea on what to do with any of their houses or crops. Through their journey they had to use what they knew and they’re tools to create their houses and plant their crops.
Barack Obama develops an encouraging tone during the “Keynote Address” as he implies the persistence required for the American Dream issuing, “Through hard work and perseverance my father got a scholarship to study in a magical place, America, that shone a beacon of freedom and opportunity to so many who had come before.” A president of the United States of America had a father who came from Kenya to America, in order to make his life and his son’s better. The dream does not require an immense amount of money or a wealthy living style, but instead, hard work and devotion through all aspects in life. Faithfulness is very important in achieving the American Dream and is a large part of succeeding in the United States of
They are forced into their own realities after life out of and in their homes go awry. The external force of having damaged familial bonds is too much for them. Willy Loman’s son Biff no longer believes in his father and does not look up to him like he did when he was younger. Biff say “I’m a dime a dozen, and so are you!” (II).
After World War II, the United States experienced a social shift, changing the way how Americans viewed themselves and others. One of the these changes was the way Americans perceived femininity and masculinity as women slowly left their traditional roles in search for better opportunities. Although the United States experienced an economic boom after the war, which fueled the spending habits of many Americans, the Depression in the 1930s had ended the American mentality of being optimistic and confident. During this time, men were perceived to be great providers as long as they were able to provide the basic necessities for their family but as the times changed to an era with a prosperous economy, men were pressurized to maintain the social standards and ultimately, an unsustainable style of living. Willy Loman, the protagonist of Death of a Salesman faces this problem as his failing career is unable to provide for his family in 1949.
Arthur Miller introduces a social problem which is the realisation of the American Dream and the difficulties the protagonist, Willy Loman, gains from trying to achieve the American Dream. No matter how much Willy tries to succeed in life, he still fails to achieve the American Dream. Not only that but Willy does not seem to realise what he has done wrong and questions himself why his brother Ben, or even his neighbour, Charley, are able to reach his dream and not he himself. His brother Ben always flaunts in front of him saying that he has already succeeded in life and also achieving the American Dream at the age of 21 in “when I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out.