Willy Loman American Dream Analysis

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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. Obviously, his definition of this dream is quite different from other members of his family and his community. Ben goes off to Africa and Alaska and attains his American dream when he stumbles…show more content…
Loman idolizes Dave Singleman -an ex-salesman, Charley- his friendly neighbor, Ben, and Howard, the boss. What these individuals have in common is financial success and influence on other. While the rest of the characters have different interpretations of the American dream, Loman centers his notions on financial success. Additionally, unlike his son, Loman believes in using one’s personality and charisma to charm one’s way to success. He is willing to lie and false-misrepresent himself even to his son, to achieve success. He represents himself as a hard-working and upright man working for the success of his family, while he is in fact involved in extramarital relations with another woman. When his son finds out, Loman’s veil of deceit is torn and Biff sees his dad for who he is- an incompetent and mediocre salesman influenced by a distorted image of the American dream. Loman’s notions push his son to the edge, affecting their relationship and forcing his son to find his own
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