The American Dream “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller tells the success struggles of Willy Loman. Willy is married to Linda and they have two sons: Biff and Happy. Throughout the play, the Loman’s next door neighbor, Charlie, is very concerned about Willy and constantly tries to help. Willy is a traveling salesman that hasn’t provided a much for his family to thrive on. He is obsessed with this ideal of greatness and an “American Dream” that is completely unattainable due to his imagination.
Willy Loman has an American dream that he wants to be success. Happy, Willy’s younger son, assembles his father that he believes in the chance of becoming a successful man. Happy is influenced by Willy that he believes Willy has a good dream which he is going to win it for him after his death. However, Willy’s relationship with his elder son Biff is unsatisfactory. As an old man, Willy is currently having a nervous breakdown that he frequently daydreams the past and often idealizes it.
"Be like the Boy Wonder", he said to Duddy, encouraging him to become a gangster. Since Duddy wanted Max's attention and thought that the only way to win his father's love and respect was to become someone just like Dingleman, Duddy grew up idolizing Jerry. Duddy has all the qualities he needs to achieve his dream of becoming a landowner, but with the Boy Wonder as his role model, he chooses the wrong road towards his goal. To make others think he is worthy, he starts to crazily pursue money. Wealth, in the form of land, is what Duddy believes his grandfather is telling him to strive for.
Furthermore, he joined the military, working to show that he could excel at anything that he desired to. Gatsby also threw extravagant parties, believing that his fantasy could become reality, and the love of his life would reveal herself. Jay Gatsby is a great character because he is optimistic, believing that he can achieve his dreams by pursuing them. One of the first dreams that Gatsby wished to achieve was a switch from the lower to upper class. He had come from a family of “shiftless and unsuccessful farm people,” (Fitzgerald 99), and was determined to gain greater things.
One play in which a character challenges the beliefs of others is Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”. In the play main character Willy Loman challenges the beliefs of his son Biff and friend Charley. Miller effectively uses dramatic techniques such as symbolism and foreshadowing to portray these differences in beliefs. Willy believes in the ‘American Dream’ and believes that you have to be successful in life to be happy. Throughout the play Miller has Willy boast about his life to his family telling them how he is “vital in New England” and that “if old man Wagner were alive” he’d be in “charge of New York by now”.
At the beginning of the novel, Amir strives for redemption in Baba’s eyes and figures that by winning the kite-tournament he would be seen as a fellow man. However, Amir does not become a man when he brings back the kite for Baba because he sacrifices his loyal brother Hassan for the paper kite. Amir finally understands what it takes to become a better man in his moment of redemption when he instead, retrieves the kite for Sohrab. A symbolically selfless moment dedicated not only to Sohran but to his faithful brother Hassan; “For you, a thousand times over” (391,
For my research paper I chose to focus on Lil Wayne. I admire him because he is hard working and he has gone through a lot to achieve his American dream and he never gave up on it. Lil Wayne's American dream was to have a better life for himself and move his family out of the ghetto. He had been trying to do that since he was young and then he finally got discovered at the age of 13 by Birdman who was a well-known local producer. He took Lil Wayne to the top and even though he had to drop out of high school it was wroth it because he is now worth over 24 Million dollars.
The Great Gatsby: Is Gatsby Truly Great? In his novel The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald creates Gatsby as a character who becomes great. He starts off as an ordinary, lower-class citizen, but Gatsby dreams of becoming wealthy. After meeting Daisy, he has a reason to strive to become better. Throughout the book, Gatsby gains the title of truly being great because he’s in the military, he never stops loving Daisy, and he makes a life for himself.
A seed can be associated with a future and foundation for life; when the seed is no longer present, a future is positive future is in sight. Willy Loman abandoned his dream of going to Alaska and making his fortune and instead pursued the “life of a salesman” in New York. Miller’s usage of gardening as a metaphor for success and failure signifies Willy intuitively acknowledged his profession as a salesman was a poor choice, given his natural inclinations. Though his family roots were in sales (Ben stated their father was a successful salesman), Willy never blossomed into the Dave Singleman figure he idolized. Willy’s continual daydream where his brother, Ben appeared showed that Willy truly regretted his choice of becoming a salesman.
As we know everything in our life depends on freak of chance, but old Anthony thinks that money can decide all problems of his life. Old Anthony is a wealth tycoon of Rockwell’s Eureka Soap. He is very fond and proud of his son Richard. Old Anthony is absolutely sure that money is omnipotent and he tries to convince his son that money can do everything. From one side we can see Anthony and his wealth (his views about real feelings, about love) and from another side we see Richard and his feelings.