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In the play Death of a Salesman Willy Loman who is the salesman was mainly concerned with the success of his family He set his goals and expectations for himself and his sons that were so high that they were impossible to reach Willy was reaching for the American dream He wanted to live in a great neighborhood he wanted to have his own business and he wanted his sons to be successful He wanted the perfect life Unfortunately people dont always get what they want Instead of the American dream Willy got reality He was sixty-three years old and was not as successful as he had hoped to be Willy was a failure He was a failure as a father a husband and a businessman and all his hopes and dreams had faded as well as his grip on what was reality and what was fantasy In the beginning of the play Arthur Miller draws attention to the lighting scenery and landscape of Willy Lomans house There towering angular shapes behind the house surrounding it on all sides Only the blue light of the sky falls upon the housea solid vault of apartment houses are around the small fragile-seeming home1458 The first scene focuses on Willys feelings about the changes that have taken place in his neighborhood He exclaims that he feels boxed in around the towering apartment buildings and that he can no longer smell the sweetness of the air only bricks and windows windows and bricks In a lost state of mind he tells his wife how he is constantly thinking of the days from the past when the neighborhood was fresh with the smell of flowers blooming He reminisced about the time when him and Biff hung a swing between the two beautiful elm trees that the apartment builders cut down His dream to be away from the city had faded like the light that surrounded his house
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