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The Culture Of Willy Loman Book Death Of A Salesman Diverse Cultures essay Miller portrays his main character Willy Loman not as an evil selfish person but as a well meaning yet misguided person Willys character is one of a common man he isnt anything special nor ever was he He chose to follow the American dream and he chose to lead the life it gave him Willy made the American dream his culture and the American dream made Willy its victim The American dream is the belief that through sheer hard work alone any man can gain professional success and thus receive personal gain wealth brand name goods etc The major flaw in this dream is that it produces selfish individuals who will go to any extent to receive personal gain To show how different this dream is to any other and what this dream can do to people if they take it too seriously Miller gives Willy two sons Biff and Happy Biffs the opposite of Happy and Willy Biff doesnt care about the amount of money he earns all he really cares about is that he enjoys his work All he really wants is to be outside working with his hands Biff rejects the American dream and makes one up for himself Biff defines his own idea of success and takes control of his life Happy however takes the American dream and eats it all up He becomes just like his father but is more greedy and cynical He wants everything for himself and wouldnt spare a dime to anyone else In the end Happy will probably take a road similar to that of his father and perhaps killing himself as well The death of Willy at the end of the play is a death caused by the flaws of the American dream the one that killed Willy is the one that says that some people will work hard all
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