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The American dream has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman can be seen as an eulogy of a dreamer which depicts one mans tragic life and death as he tries to bring his family into grace The word dream can suggest something wonderful to look forward to achieving or it may imply that something is only a dream something that is impossible to achieve We can see Miller believes dream to mean the latter of these interpretations when we see the character Howard in Death of a Salesman It is implied through the way that he disregards Willys past loyalty to his company that he has only achieved his dream of success through moral compromises and therefore that few achieve the dream without doing this aswell The American society however seems to support the first definition of the word dream Willy supports this idea and relies on being well-liked in order to succeed rather than working hard and having ability So convinced is Willy of the rightness of this doctrine that he raises his sons by it and without intending to he subtly undermines their moral character turning one into a lecher and the other into a bum and a thief Thus Miller demonstrates how such great self-confidence that the American Dream can produce can have adverse effects on young people Throughout the play Willy Lomans lack of confidence and uncertainty in what he wants are qualities which prevent him from achieving his dream Willy shows this weakness while observing himself in a mirror He focuses completely on what he deems as negative qualities in his personality and physical appearance But Willys false pride is another factor that contributes to his pursuit of a prosperity unobtainable to him as a salesman What Willy Loman views as pride is in reality his self-deprivation By ignoring what he is best fitted to do Willy does
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