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Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman explores the ever-elusive American Dream It is something that we all chase after yet we have different concepts of it Willy Lomans vision of the American Dream was a rather distorted one He was obsessed with reaching this goal He believed that finding it would make him successful yet his perception of what the dream was all about ultimately caused his demise His belief that popularity and risk-taking provide the essential tools for success proved to be a tragic mistake Willy grew up believing that being well-liked was important to becoming a success He thought that popularity could help you charm teachers and even open doors in business He is proud to learn that flock around Biff and respond to his athletic abilities Miller 1176 He even scoffs at the nerdy Bernard who is to focused on his academic success to be popular Willy believed that this adolescent popularity would ensure Biffs success in his adult life Even though Biff fails as an adult his father still holds on to the ill-conceived notion that a business man Biff met numerous years ago will offer him a job 1213 He believes that his business opportunity will give Biff the chance he needs to recapture his vivacious nature confidence and popularity he experienced in high school At one point in the play Willy meets Bernard again Bernerd is preparing to argue a case before the Supreme Court of the United States 1206 Sadly Willy is unable to understand that Bernerd is successful because of hard work and determination Willy can only wonder about fate and how Bernard turned out to be a successful lawyer and his own popular son Biff is a failure Willy thought that popularity would be the key to success in his own life as well as the lives of his sons Another part of Willys misconception about the American Dream is his belief that successful people are
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