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Existentialists believe that in order to have a meaningful life one must pursue realistic dreams Willy Loman from the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller tries to succeed in life by getting people to like him Jay Gatsby from The Great Gatsby by Scott Fitzgerald lives his whole life trying to earn the love of one woman Both of these men have unrealistic dreams that lead them to their deaths Either it be love or success the two men never realize the true meaning of life Willy Loman is a unique character in Death of a Salesman He spends his whole life lying to his friends his family and himself He convinces everyone that his life is going well and that he is happy with his career Biff Willys son comes to the realization that Willy has made him believe that he is going to become a great salesman Biff tells Happy that Willy has only filled him up with lies his whole life and Biff actually believes he really is going to be a great salesman Willy doesnt realize hes lying to his son or anyone His whole life all Willy wants is to die a great salesman remembered by many Instead of getting out in the world and working for hard Willy ends up making himself believe hes already a great salesman Too succeed in the game of life its not who you know its how hard you try The thing is Willy never actually tried For some reason in Willys mind he had already tried and succeeded but everyone around Willy knows better except his own family Willy tells Charlie about the old salesman he once met by the name of Dave Singleman Dave dies at the age of eighty-four while selling merchandise To Willy that is his ultimate dream the death of a salesman Willys dream is unrealistic simply because he never gets anywhere in his career
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