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The Pursuit of the American Dream Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman is a tragic play about Willy Lomans pursuit of the American Dream This dream is the dream of wealth and success The authors main character Willy Loman is a traveling salesman that spends his whole lifetime trying to find success based on looks and popularity Willy Loman is a product of this ever-increasing society This society is obsessed with measuring success by popularity and material wealth Having this obsession Willy unfortunately emphasizes these principles upon his family Because of this pursuit Willys values truths and mind-set are skewed He does not see and live in reality He is trying as hard as possible to convince himself and family that they have acquired the success that he has longed for Unfortunately this betrayal is messing with his mind and the minds of his family members Willy is in a constant battle within himself to either accept who he is or live in his own fabricated world The American Dream in Willys eyes is the accomplishments and attainments of a successful career Being the dreamer he is Willy attempts to make his mark as a salesman because selling is the greatest career a man can want Act 2 Unfortunately for Willy he falls short of his goals at being a success in his career as a salesman Willy blames the superficiality of the business world This is seen in his thoughts about Bernard Bernard can get the best marks in school yunderstand but when he gets out in the business world yunderstand youre going to be five times ahead of him Thats why I thank Almighty God youre both built like agonizes Because a 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 Act1 Willy has ingrained his distorted views in his sons as
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