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The first crusade took place in 1091 Its aim was to regain the Holy land from the hands of Muslims However it was not significant due to the success in retaking Jerusalem but because of the great number of knights that came from all over Europe to join the war in the name of Christianity This was an extraordinary thing to gather so many people to follow one purpose One purpose that convinced troops of different nationalities to fight side by side nevertheless of their earlier attitudes This purpose was so important that after the success of the first crusade many more followed Between 1091 and 1292 there were over 20 crusades - prepared by European kings and the Pope as well as civilians convinced to be prophets While the first crusade managed to take over Jerusalem further journeys gave Christian Europe nothing but thousands of killed crusaders Besides every new crusade established fought for the original purpose in a different way During the third crusade instead of fighting with the Muslims for the glory of their God Christians began struggles between themselves arguing about the plunders and land division The original aim of the crusades was changed - it was not war for the God anymore It was war for the God and money If we take a longer glance at the Death of a Salesman we will be able to find some similarities between Willys blind attempts to fulfill his dreams and crusaders endless ordeals of saving the Holy land It may seem far - fetched however I find the crusade example an excellent choice for a comparison with the Death of a Salesman I suppose that the best way to track all of the resemblances is to study Willys fascination with the American dream from the very beginning I guess that Willys pursuit for success began after meeting Dave Singleman Singleman who was a salesman became an example which Willy tried to
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