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The term American dream is used in several ways but it essentiallyis an idea that suggests that anyone can achieve something through hardwork and has the potential to lead a happy life When I think of theAmerican Dream I imagine a beautiful cottage with a white picket fencesurrounding it Everyone has their own views on what the American Dreamis whether it is all about money fame or happiness Decency truthand honesty are not qualities of the American Dream Some may even saythat the American Dream is super stereotypical and unrealistic In Deathof a Salesman the answer to what the American Dream is simply dependson what character you ask Three characters have their own view on whatthey think is the American Dream The three characters include WillyLoman Biff Loman and Happy LomanWilly Loman is the main character of this play and is recognized as theprotagonist Willy is also a rather insecure guy He lies to himself andhis own family to try and mask his insecurities but it only leads todisaster In Willys world he is a very successful salesman Hedisguises his anxiety and self-doubt with excessive arrogance In actone Willy tells Linda that he made thousands of dollars in Boston whenin all reality he only made seventy dollars totalMiller 2340 Willybelieves that in order to accomplish the American Dream one must beattractive and well-likedMiller 2339 It did not matter to Willywhether or not he was intelligent being well-liked was his number onegoal Not only did Willy want to be well-liked but he also put thepressure on his sons to be popular in school Miller shows us throughmany flashbacks that Willy is living vicariously through his sonBiff2337-2340 But because Willy had his priorities out of line hedid not encourage Biff to make good grades and Biff did not evengraduate Willy just wanted his son to be well-liked Obviously Willynever achieves the American Dream and because of his failure his mindbegins to drift away from the truth So
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