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How does Arthur Miller through Death of a Salesman deal with the theme of the American Dream Death of a salesman is a play about one mans strange dream which is shattered by his worthless son The dream destroyed the son - Biff and had its roots in the complex structure of contemporary existence The inside of a mans head was the first title for this play which I think shows what the play is really about This shows that inside Willys head was like a tangled mass of roots without end or beginning For Willy and Linda lifes accomplishments and sources of pleasure are very simple They lead very average lives for the time and any depth is ignored on their part The first scene emphasises this point The main focus in their lives is their morgage on the house For twenty-five years Willy and Linda have worked hard to pay it off so they feel they have attained the sense of freedom or the American Dream This dream is something that all Americans aspired too especially at the time when the play was set Willy feels that you work a lifetime to payoff a house You finally own it and theres nobody living in it He says this after hearing that his two sons Happy and Biff have gone out for the evening and there is only one payment left on the house The key thing which leads to Willy and Lindas depressions is their inability to face reality in the present Their lives are lived in the future and even in this scene as Willy states You wait kid before its all over were gonna get a little place out in the country we see his ability to constantly speak of unpractical dreams Their last payment on the mortgage gives closure to this life filled only with dreams and will allow them to realise some of their
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