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Death of a Salesman

Willy Loman is a man who believes with every ounce of himself in the American dream, after being inspired by thedeath of a salesman.? Willy longs to follow in the footsteps of Dave Singleman, a salesman who died acquiring all that Willy thought significant to achieve happiness in life. However, Willy’s prime goal of one day acquiring all that Mr. Singleman died with is not the life he thinks it to be and his life ends tragically in despair and failure. Willy misses the fact that Dave Singleman was still working at the age of eighty-four and died on the job. Having to work at that age and being unable to retire shows that Singleman was not as well off as Willy had thought. Arthur Miller uses Death of a Salesman to show the people observing and reading his play the importance of who and what you are, not the slanted idea the American dream and the world perceives as success. He encourages them to examine their lives and find the important things they already possess, and not to put as great amount of value on social status and material wealth, in Willy’s case to look at things like his family and friends, and not to put so much weight on the American dream. In a sense the American dream is not all that bad, but Willy misses what the American dream really emphasizes. Miller shows that placing importance in these things can only end in disappointment and destruction.
Death of a Salesman is a tragedy in that Willy Loman ends his life in hopes of giving hisfirst-born son, Biff, a chance at obtaining the dream that he could never grasp. Willy is trapped in an unattainable dream, because of his own misunderstandings, deception, and disillusionment. Willy’s perception is that someone who is not only liked, butwell liked? and someone whom can win another person over witha smile and a shoeshine? will not only find personal satisfaction, but will also gain material wealth, his definition of success. Willy’s gilded perception of prosperity i…


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