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The American Dream What is the American dream I decided to ask a few people as to what they thought it was One person told me that the American dream was to be rich Another person told me it was having a perfect family situation The last person believed the American dream was to be able to do absolutely nothing Whether it is a family working together towards one common goal or a single woman working her way up the ladder in a sense it is all the same dream Regardless of the goal one works towards it all comes down to success Success includes getting ahead at work and school and the goal of attaining wealth power and prestige Without success why would anyone want to do anything You would think that success is free to every American but it is not Success is afforded or denied to a person if they qualify In Death of a Salesman I believe Willy Loman was not successful in anything he did because he lived in his own world A big indicator to ones success is their performance on the job If a person is doing well generally they are successful In the beginning of the play Willy Loman comments on how he was vital to New England This is a great example of how Willys distortion compromised his obtainment of success In all reality he was not vital to New England but a hindrance to his company This is one reason why Willy Loman never obtained the American Dream Another indicator to success is wealth Although you cannot attribute happiness to wealth you can buy things and live comfortably which a lot of people believe is the epitome of the American dream On Willys last trip he made a commission of 70 But they owed money on a refrigerator fan belt and a carburetor for the car which totaled 120 All these things
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