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An Examination of the Clashing of American Dreams Against Reality in the Book, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
Word Count: 732
Over the years people have flocked from foreign nations to rejoice in the diversity of America They come with the hopes and dreams of money and the silver screens However many are faced with the brutal reality of hardship rather than the fairytale ending of a famous millionaire A song by Toshihiko Takamizawa captures the generalized immigrant realization Chasing after the dream Pride goes before the fall In the end will I find Its a mirage after all American Dream Takamizawa Takamizawas quote questions the tangibility of the American Dream Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman examines the clashing of American Dreams against American Reality through the eyes of Happy Willy and Biff Happy loses himself to the unattainable American Dream and therefore forebodes his own failure through his delusions Happy always living in the shadow of his brother grows up to assume the role of his father His warped concept of success is formulated by Willys advice Willy tells the boys in a flashback The man who makes an appearance in the business world the man who creates personal interest is the man who gets ahead Be liked and you will never want 33 Willy bases success around popularity which he passes on to Happy Happy shows his equal level of delusions when he is talking to Biff about Oliver I bet hed back you Cause he thought highly of you Biff I mean they all do Youre well-liked Biff 26 Happy circumnavigates the fact that Biff stole from Oliver and concludes that Oliver likes Biff because of his agreeable personality Happy continues to orbit around the truth refusing to come to grips with reality Happy shows his true desperation at Willys funeral when enraged he screams Im gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain He had a good dream Its the only dream you can have-to come out number-one man He fought it out here
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