Death of the Salesman Paper

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The American Dream Today, many people immigrate to the United States of America in search of the American Dream. The term “The American Dream” has a few interpretations, but one of the most popular is “ Life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness” (Declaration of Independence) which is the dream that most Americans strive for. In Arthur Miller’s drama, “Death of a Salesman,” Willy Loman, the protagonist, believed that the promise of the American Dream would come true; a “well liked” and “personally attractive” man in business will acquire the material comforts offered by modern American life. However, the promise of the American dream did not come true. The American Dream led Willy Loman to believe things that would never happen and hindered him from reaching his full potential. For many Americans, the American dream is the opportunity of the pursuit of freedom, opportunity, and satisfaction of one’s needs and wants. When people who are underprivileged immigrate to America, they are given the chance to turn that around through hard work and determination. Without giving one’s 110%, one has a less lightly chance to achieve their goals and gain their rewards. Willy Loman wanted to receive the rewards of the American dream without putting in the effort and the work. He wanted to gain the quick reward instead of working hard to gain a bigger reward in the end. His ideal dream with the external qualities of attractiveness and likeability is at odds with the more gritty, more rewarding understanding of the American Dream that identifies hard work without complaint as the key to success. “And when I saw that, I realized that selling was the greatest career a man could want. ’Cause what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many

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