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ARTHUR MILLER Death of A Salesman The American Dream created the Loman family nightmare Discuss The American dream has been a dream of being able to grow to fullest development Epitomizing the democratic ideals and aspirations on which America had been founded the American way of life developed for the benefit of the simple human being of any and every class JT ADAMS - The epic of America 1938 Playwright Arthur Millers Death of A Salesman could be described as a study in the American Dream ideology a system that at times is indescribably brutal and at other times benevolent Willy Loman is a product of this ever increasing capitalist society obsessed with making it measuring success by popularity and material wealth and unfortunately impressing these misguided principles upon his family He is by no means a tragic hero but a victim a naive and ineffectual man for whom we as the reader feel pity For Willy Loman to be liked and well liked at that was the definitive criterion of life success The American dream of affluence and fortuity became Willys dream and once for the Lomans it almost became reality Now in his mid sixties Willy accepts that in fact he has lived his life in vain never achieving nor succeeding but remaining a mediocre shadow of his aspirations It is this sudden insight that spurs him into a fantasy world of reflection afraid to face the future It is only through Willys failure as a salesman that his innate desire for the outdoors is exposed At the end of the play Charley mentions He was a happy man with a batch of cement so wonderful with his hands he had the wrong dreams all wrong It has been often said that the play romanticizes the rural agrarian dream constantly emphasizing that perhaps the path not taken
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