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Violence is portrayed in the story of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller which coincides with the American Dream The idea that any person can rise from humble beginnings to greatness is the basis of the American Dream Arthur Miller paints a harsh picture of this ideal in the drama Death of a Salesman The main character Willy Loman is a complex and tragic figure He is a man striving to hold onto what dignity he has left in a world that no longer values the beliefs he grew up with While society can be blamed for much of Willys misfortune he must also be blamed for his bad judgement disloyalty and his foolish pride The American Dream has long turned sour for Willy At the beginning of his life he remembers travelling in a wagon going westward His parents conquered the new frontier and succeeded His brother Ben Walked into a jungle and comes out the age of twenty-one and hes rich For a while the American Dream was alive in Willy too However now Willy is forced to work on commission at an old age and ultimately fired by his godson His favored son Biff is also a hopeless dreamer unable to hold on to a job We see father and son relationship declining with violence during the scene when Biff came home from leaving his father in the restaurant Willys fatherly advice advocated its not what you do Its who you know and the smile on your face 1833 Willys delusions of fame and fortune infected his own life and spread to the sons he had placed such high hopes on Biff reprimanded his father trying to sit him down shaking and pushing him physically trying to get him out of this impossible dream Another problem with Willys ideals is that he has lost sight of achieving the true goal of the American Dream happiness and freedom and the
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