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An Analysis of the Pursuit of the American Dream in The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams
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There is something magical and sometimes overpowering to the majority of mankind It is the thing that allows people to live in mansions with helipads as well as underground society forced to live in the many tunnels and passageways under New York City and to beg for their meals Although this is definitely the extreme It is sometimes indescribably cruel and other times very gracious This thing is the American dream The pursuit of the American dream is as old as humankind itself It wasnt always about the almighty dollar bill or a sports car Hundreds of years ago it was about livestock children and carriages Authors such as Miller Steinbeck and Williams write about the American dream and the never-ending struggle to grasp it Their works convey the backlash of not accomplishing the American dream or at least some of the characters twisted view of it In Arthur Millers moving and powerful play Death of a Salesman Miller uses many characters to contrast the difference between success and failure with the American dream Willy is the good looking salesman whose imagination is much larger than his sales ability while Linda is Willys wife who stands by her husband even in his absence of realism The is evident when she says Willy why dont you go down to the place tomorrow and tell Howard youve simply got to work in New York Youre too accommodating dear4 She knows he couldnt make it in New York she knows that he is lacking in the sales department but she stands by him Biff and Happy are the two blind mice who follows in there fathers footsteps while Ben is the only member of the Loman family with that special something needed to achieve Charlie and his son Benard on the other hand enjoy better success in life compared to the Lomans Willy wants so bad to be successful but he is not and it is
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