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Death Of A Salesman Analysis - The American Dream Analysis

  • Submitted by: AdnanM
  • on November 8, 2010
  • Category: English
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The “American Dream” has been achieved by many people in history. However, over the years, the vision and meaning of the American Dream has been distorted by a few people. Arthur Miller, author of Death of a Salesman, shows that the American Dream was to some extent distorted in some people’s minds in his play Death of a Salesman. However, to understand what Miller wanted to help people understand in his play, we must understand what the American Dream is, and how Miller showed the distortion through the characters of the play.

The American Dream was developed a long time ago. No one knows who exactly developed the theory, or vision. The dream, like any dream, has a goal. In this case, the American Dream aspires to accomplish many goals. The first and foremost goal is to be able to obtain a secure life. Meaning, that one has a job, a car, and a house. In other words, the first goal is to obtain material goods. This is the first goal needed because it is what comes first in a man’s head, to be able to provide good material goods for his family. This leads to the second goal, which is providing a good life for one’s family. A man aspires to provide a good life for his children in their childhood and for his wife. The third goal is having enough money to lead a normal, stable, stress-free life, and be able to retire with comfort and without any debts or worries. This has been an especially hard goal to accomplish for many people in the past and present. The last goal is that the man has finally reached the end of his pursuit of happiness and found happiness and is able to provide a better life for his children. However, how are these accomplished? These goals are accomplished by three factors: hard work, education, and community support. Of course a subset of the American Dream is that all these are accomplished without class or racial distinction.

In Death of a Salesman, playwright Arthur Miller shows that the American Dream has been to some extent distorted....

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