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Many people who read tragedies believe that they offer a pessimistic outlook on life Arthur Millers novel Death of a Salesman expresses the message that to achieve the American dream you have to follow your heart Those who have read Tragedy and The Common Man an essay by Arthur Miller realize that tragedy offers more to its readers then a sad ending it offers optimism and encouragement for the futureWilly Loman often pauses to reflect upon past conversations he had with his brother Ben a man who fulfilled the American dream to get rich quick When Ben was seventeen he walked into the jungle and when I was twenty-one I walked out and by God I was rich 1891 The jungle represents mans oppurtunity to achieve the American dream Whenever Ben talks about the jungle he talks about the diamonds he has found The diamonds symbolize success Willy has many oppurtunities to go into the jungle and fetch a diamond out 1937 but he never makes it Tragedy in this case is the consequence of a mans total compulsion to evaluate himself justly Tragedy 1341 Willy believes in his mind that he will be successful on his own Willy admires his brothers success but rather then follow in his footsteps Willy feels he can make it as a salesman His willpower is an encouragement to readers Even though Willy was not successful he never gave upAs time passes though Willys oppurtunities pass until finally the woods are burning I cant drive a car 1887 Willys chance to fetch a diamond out has passed not only is he unable to follow his uncles footsteps he now is unable to fill his current job requirements Willy is a salesman and is required to drive to Boston for work His inability to drive renders him useless to his company Willy believes that You cant eat the orange and throw away the peel- a man is not a piece
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