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What is the American dream Whether it is a family working together towards one common goal or a single woman working her way up the ladder in a sense it is all the same dream Regardless of the goal one works towards it all comes down to success Success includes getting ahead at work and school and the goal of attaining wealth power and prestige Without success why would anyone want to do anything You would think that success is free to every American but it is not Success is afforded or denied to a person if they qualify In Death of a Salesman I believe Willy Loman was not successful in anything he did because he lived in his own world A big indicator to ones success is their performance on the job If a person is doing well generally they are successful In the beginning of the play Willy Loman comments on how he was vital to New England This is a great example of how Willys distortion compromised his obtainment of success In all reality he was not vital to New England but a hindrance to his company This is one reason why Willy Loman never obtained the American Dream I also think the American Dream is the tragic thing in the first act Willy Loman wants to succeed in the American Dream and this is his problem He doesnt see the problems he has in his job Also he thinks he is a well-liked man but the complete difference is the reality Furthermore the marks of his son Biff in school arent so good so he will fail the exam The perfect family living the American Dream isnt alive But Willy Loman never sees the reality and this is the tragedy with the American Dream and the success If he doesnt see the problems and only lives in his dream world where everything is perfect the family wont be able to
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