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All people -- from millionaires with mansions living on the hilltops to the poor and unhealthy bums living on the streets -- have one goal to reach their fullest ability or achieve their American Dream The above examples are the extremes of an American system in which wealth and status decide your friends future and well-being Personally I think the American Dream is to attain the status that you desire -- whether it is social prosperity or affluence Everyones definition is different with the American dream as it can be viewed from many different aspects if you were born poor it would be to reach a decent life but if you were well-off your American Dream would differ from the former Although the American Dream fails for many individuals it is not the American systems fault instead it is due to a lack of hard work and dedication from the pursuers In Arthur Millers play Death of a Salesman Miller uses many different characters to contrast the difference between the successes and failures of the American system Willy is the long time salesman who has little sales ability but his imagination makes up for it Linda Willys wife has always been with him even through the deterioration of his practicality Biff and Happy are the two sons who follow in their fathers fallacy of life while Ben is the only member of the Loman family with that special something needed to achieve Charlie and his son Bernard on the other hand enjoy better success in life compared to the Loman family The play displays the rural-agrarian dream but does not make it clearly available to Willy Miller seems to use this dream merely to give himself an opportunity for sentimentality The play is ambiguous in its attitude toward the business success dream but it does not condemn it Death of a Salesman makes no judgment on America although Miller seems always on the verge of
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