Death of a Salesman Why come to America? What does America really have to offer, one may ask? What sets America aside, and makes it different from other nations around the world? The “American Dream” simply answers all of these questions. In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman, a man hopelessly chasing the “American Dream”, is unsuccessful in his journey to “paradise.” The “American Dream” is the belief that through hard work, patience, and courage, one can achieve success and wealth, no matter where they come or start from. This is why people come to America. It is what many Americans live by, and what all Americans truly desire. Miller portrays the concept of the “American Dream” by connecting it to Willy’s purpose to live. One may believe that the “American Dream” is simply owning a home and having a job, which Willy has accomplished, but it is much more than that. After having to leave his job, Willy questions his view on the “American Dream.” When Willy meets Dave Singleman, he thinks that being a salesman will satisfy all of his dreams and make him the happiest man he can be. In a way, Willy looks up to Dave. Of Dave’s career, Willy says, “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?” (61). In an attempt to achieve happiness, Willy goes after a dream that is not meant for him. The “American Dream” is different for everyone. Death of a Salesman demonstrates this by portraying Willy as a man who takes a wrong turn in his life. What he thinks will make him happy, only leaves him confused and lost. According to Willy, being well-liked is what leads to success. While this may be key component for achieving the “American Dream,” achieving acceptance will not always guarantee success, which is where the “American Dream” misleads. Moreover, when someone seems to have achieved the “American Dream,”
Death Of A Salesman
Willy Loman rides on the views of illusion and doesn’t open his eyes to his present reality. His failure is the failure of American myth of success. According to this myth being “well liked” was what one needed for being successful. Another assumption examined by the play is that petty crimes like adultery and stealing are evidence of high spirit. Another assumption examined by Willy was that being an athlete brings glory and privilege, but being studious leads nowhere…
Elements that make a play Successful
Death of a Salesman is arguably one of the most successful playwrights to date. Miller won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play as well as many other awards (Wikipedia). The play was written in 1949, in postwar time economy, demonstrating the hardships and struggles of a middle class family. What makes this play so successful is Millers use of dramatic element such as plot and characterization, as well as dramatic action and tone, which…
Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The main character Willy Loman is a 60-year old unstable salesman who bases his life on the idea of the American dream. Willy suffers from self-delusion and is obsessed with the desire to succeed. In the play Death of a Salesman Willy Loman is considered the static protagonist.
In the play Willy Loman is the static protagonist. The plot of the play focuses on Willy not being aware of the difference between reality and…
Drama Review –Theme and Conflict in Death
This paper is being submitted on August 10, 2014 for Vicki Phillips, G330 American Literature.
The story “Death of a Salesman” was written by Arthur Asher Miller in 1949. Arthur Miller was an American playwright, essayist and prominent figure in twentieth-century. He was born in Harlem, New York City on October 17, 1915 and died in Roxbury, Connecticut on February 10, 2005. He was married three times…
Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman is a play founded on the exploited idea of the American Dream. It is set in the 1940’s, a period of time that was plagued by depression and hardship for many average families chasing the American dream. The devastating effects of the great depression and World War II were continuing to be felt by members of the middle class. The play focuses on the struggling Lowman family, husband, wife, and…
How is the American Dream portrayed within the play?
The 'Death of a Salesman' was written in 1949 by a playwright named Arthur Miller, who was showing what could be called the antithesis of the American Dream. The general description of the play's theme would be, an individual man involved in business laboring to become successful in a world which to him has become mystifying and unfriendly. Even in the name of the play the idea is vague, because of the use of 'a' instead of 'the', but throughout…
opportunity to go to a play with my Intro to Art class. This play was called Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller has written a lot of plays that have been very popular. So I was very intrigued to see some of his work. However, the title did not make me very excited to see it. It sounds very depressing, and in fact, it was depressing. I had mixed emotions about this play while watching it. Death of a Salesman was a very interesting play that did not keep me on the edge of my seat…
The characters in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”, all have their own version of success. Each character goes through different struggles, but how they handle those struggles determines how successful they are. There are many differences between the idea of success between Willy, Biff, Happy, Ben, Bernard, and his father Charlie.
For some people success comes easy. There seems to be no effort put into it. Ben seemed to have this luck in Death of a Salesman. His philosophy of success is to…
Comprehensive English 12 – Death of a Salesman “Problem Essay”
5 January 2, 2015
“And I was fine… I opened the windshield and let the warm air breathe over me. And then all of a sudden I’m going off the road!”- Willy Loman (pg 14)
This doesn’t quite sound like the words of a man who is perfectly stable in life. Normally if you are fine just a moment ago and then the next thing that happens is you zoning out and driving off the road, this means that your mind is having…
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman illustrates the culture of entitlement.
Miller shows us a man who fails in his own life and whose children fail also in
their own lives. At a time when Willy should be retiring, he falls lower and
lower on the ladder of success. First losing his salary and then losing his
job. Willy’s idea of American dream and entitlement is completely contrary to
reality. Willy believes that happiness will be fed to him because of his