America has long been known as a land of opportunity. Out of that thinking comes the “American Dream,” the idea that anyone can ultimately achieve success. There is no doubt that all Americans possess an American Dream. In one of Arthur Miller’s greatest works, Death of a Salesman, he brings the American Dream onto the stage for evaluation. In his play, it shows that people are easily get lost between the illusion and reality, continued misconception of oneself may cause one fail , and the expectations of parents do effect their children. People are easily get lost between the illusion and reality. In Death of a Salesman, “They don't need me in New York. I'm the New England man. I'm vital in New England”(Death of a Salesman 14). Willy always assures himself that all is well. His life is a dream and derives all his pleasures from the past. Willy has no sense of accomplishment because he owns nothing, and he makes nothing. Because of this, he starts believing that if a person is well liked and has a great deal of personal attractiveness, then all doors will automatically be opened for him. Therefore Willy builds his life around these dreams. However, those illusions replace reality in Willy's mind. He tells lies about how well liked he is in all of his towns, and how vital he is to New England. At times Willy even believes his own lies. Willy has nothing more to live for except his illusions and his memories of the past. So it is necessary for all of us to distinguish what is truthful and what is illusory in the American Dream. In addition to the fact that people are easily get lost between the illusion and reality, it also shows that continued misconception of oneself may cause one fail. Willy believes wholeheartedly in what he considers the promise of the American Dream which is a “well liked” and “personally attractive” man in business will indubitably. He believes that is the way to become successful. Although his...
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