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Millers book Death of a Salesman is like no other book of the time Instead of focusing on high successful parts of life or focusing on heroes who save the day Miller chooses to focus on the common man His book is a reflection of the American Dream slipping through the fingers of the characters in the play which can also be society as a whole A common fact that seems to be avoided in most books is that more people fail in life than they succeed Even successful people fail many times before they succeed For example Michael Jordan was cut from his basketball team his freshmen year of high school Death of a Salesman shows that not every person receives successes The book may be depressing and disturbing but it is depressing and disturbing because people realize that it is a reflection of their own life Most Americans dont go out at night and defeat an evil Grendel to save the town Americans also tend not to travel around the world and encounter various monsters such as Sirens and Cyclops When Americans read Death of a Salesman they realize that their life is not much different than Willy Lomans life To look on the bright side to this depressing story Americans can force themselves to look at their own life and attempt to put more meaning into it Willy Loman was never capable of visualizing his life as desolate and worthless but the readers were able to see his immobility in life from the beginning of the story when he comes home from his business trip as a salesman A man who is sixty-four years old should have a better job than a salesman Americans can in turn try to become more successful Death of a Salesman opens the eyes of people to realize that life does not always have a happy ending Books such as Beowulf and the Odyssey only focus
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