The Good Ol’ American Dream

Topics: Capitalism, Meaning of life, Sales Pages: 3 (892 words) Published: May 6, 2013
Sometimes in life we wonder what the meaning of us is being on this planet who are we useful for and why are we needed. Well I know I have asked myself that, and sometimes I wonder how different it would be if I wasn’t around or would it be that different. In the modern drama of Death of a Sales Man by Author Miller (1915-2005), the protagonist and at times the antagonist Willy Lohman, who is a sales man of some sort. As a traveling salesman, the ultimate symbol of an American occupation and one he so admired but, Willy also saw himself as a failure. In the story he tries to figure out why he has to live as he does.

Throughout the story, willy is searching for success and doing what he loves. He wants to be well liked. For example when he say, “And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ’Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people? “ this is a perfect example of how Willy sees him self and why he chose to be a salesman. Willy wanted to be respected and have a perpuse in society. But did not realize the human side of the person he follows,” Singleman”. But in reality Willy is poor and not respected by anyone. In Willys’ mind, he has to have a meaning and a purpose and money and success provides him with satisfaction. Willy feels the sense of inequality but doesn’t want to recognize it to a certain extent. He lives in this fantasy world that is so far from reality. he It seems as though Willy is a total failure at life. And looks up to his sons to do better than he did. He puts a great amount of pressure on biff to succeed to heights he only dreamed of.

The Lomans live in Brooklyn surrounded by tall buildings and most of the story takes place in the house or the yard. Willy has many flashbacks to previous events that make him think twice of what...
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