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The Great American Dream The Great American Dream has always been a dream of the average American being able to grow to fullest development to be able to get married own a house earn a decent living raise children succeed and maintain happiness Playwright Arthur Millers Death of A Salesman could be described as a study in the American Dream ideology a system that at times is indescribably brutal and at other times benevolent The Great American Dream of prosperity and success is what most Americans have grown to know As Arthur Miller shows us the Great American Dream is valid but those who hope to substitute popularity and lucky breaks for hard work are likely to fail Like many other Americans Willy Loman is a product of this ever-increasing capitalist society A society thats become obsessed with making it measuring success by popularity and material wealth and unfortunately impressing these misguided principles upon their families For Willy Loman to be liked and well liked at that was the definitive criteria of successful life For the Loman family Willy had reiterated his dream into their heads so often that to them it became real however the American Dream is something they will probably never have On the other hand Charley and his son Bernard they enjoy better success in life compared to the Lomans and are living the ideal life portrayed by the Great American Dream Willy Loman is an elderly salesman lost in false hopes and illusions Now in his mid sixties Willy accepts that in fact he has lived his life in vain never achieving nor succeeding but remaining a mediocre shadow of his aspirations As Willy has grown older he has trouble distinguishing between the past and present - between illusion and reality It is this sudden insight that spurs him into a fantasy world of reflection afraid to face the future It is only through Willys
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