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Who does not want to live the perfect life the American Dream Throughout Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman Willy Loman is in pursuit of this Dream Willy focuses on the idealistic American dream his entire life associating it with financial success an excellent reputation and being well liked He makes victims of his wife and of his sons by subjecting them to mistreatment and deprivation of a strong male role model According to the Websters Dictionary a victim is one who is subjected to oppression hardship or mistreatment Willy puts far too much pressure on his elder son Biff not enough on his younger son Happy and he makes a yes-woman out of his doting wife Linda Willys ideas of the American Dream outweigh the realistic trials and tribulations that need to be overcome in order to achieve the Dream The American Dream is one of success and Willy views success as being well liked He wants Biff to be well liked and hence puts much pressure on him to be popular During Willys flashbacks to 1929 Willy encourages Biff to be a good football player rather than a good student Willy pays so much attention to Biff and puts so much pressure on him to succeed and to be well liked that Biff does not have anything concrete such as marks as a backup Willy believes that even though Bernard can get the best marks in school that he will not survive in the business world because he is not well liked Miller 33 Biff wants to live up to his fathers dreams He wants his dad to be proud of him Before the football game at Ebbets Field Biff promises to break through for a touchdown just for his dad 32 As a teenager and right up until he catches Willy cheating Biff does everything he can to get into Willys good books He is the star football player and popular enough
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