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Since the establishment of the Thirteen Colonies Americans developed an unordinary dream It was a vision held by many who believed that through hard work courage and determination they could achieve a better life for themselves this was the American Dream Unfortunately the hard hits from the Great Depression and the two World Wars brought the need for immediate economic prosperity It diverted the people of the 1950s from adhering to the traditional work ethic and pinned their hopes on what they perceive as easy money Willy Lomen from Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman and Walter Lee Younger from Lorraine Hansberrys A Raisin in the Sun were portrayed as victims of their quest for the American Dream Their pursuit for the illusion of the Dream rather than the reality and their unwillingness to give in due to their pride resulted in devastating failures and the findings of their true identity Willy and Walters illusion of the American Dream could still be seen today as addicted gamblers spend their time in casinos Although both Willy Lomen and Walter Lee Younger were victimized due to their false interpretation of the American Dream the ways the characters went about in trying to fulfill their twisted Dream was different Willy on one hand focused on being well liked as the key to obtaining the American Dream while Walter believed in the idea of a scheme Arthur Miller playwright of the Death of a Salesman described Willy Lomen as a traveling salesman who continued to encounter frustration and failure as he struggled to accomplish his idea of the American Dream Although Willy had good intentions his tragic flaw was that he focused only on the appearance of the American Dream and never on the reality the work ethic on how to achieve it He even told his sons Biff and Happy that he would be more successful than Uncle Charley one day because Uncle Charley was not well liked
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