Death Of A Salesman Essay

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Willy Loman overemphasized on the material successes thinking that money and materialistic things can buy you happiness. Willy’s definition of the American Dream is becoming prosperous by personality and not hard work or innovation. According to Willy being well liked and popular will get you far no matter what. Willy is very driven by his “free willy” that he misunderstands reality. Willy ends in trouble when he tries to ask for a raise in his job by using “personality” but ends up getting fired instead and left with nothing. He is not very capable of understanding reality because he tries to raise the perfect business type of sons and tries to have the perfect lifestyle living the “American Dream”. After Willy gets fired his brother offers him a job but he rejects it because he has imagining and fantasizing about becoming the millionaire salesman too much. When Willy gets fired from his job Ben comes and offers him an incredible opportunity. Ben offers him a job in Alaska where he bought some timberland. This job would give him enough money to support his family and probably get him out of debt sooner or later. It is also the same job he was asking for with his boss. Willy says he is building something but meanwhile he actually has nothing. Willy tells his sons what it takes to be successful businessman. He says, "Because the 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. You take me, for instance. I never have to wait in line to see a buyer. Willy Loman is here!" Biff, whom Willy thinks is the only son in the family that will change everything and make it big, drops Willy’s dreams for him when he finds out Willy is trying to commit suicide and is doing other bad things. Biff also realizes that when he is not really making it far in his job and in the

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