Wednesday, February 6, 2019
The Collapse of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Mil
Prosperity, job security, hard train and family joint ar some of the concepts that involves the American Dream, generally speaking. Some people prize this day-dream is some affaire automatically granted or in contrast, as in the news report Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller, as something that has to be achieved in order to be successful in life. The play takes issues with those in America who place to much stress on material gain, rather of more admirable values. American society is exemplified with Millers work and demonstrates how a dream could turn into a nightmare. Arthur Millers, Death of a Salesman, is a play that portrays the authors life and the psychological problems that brings the cave in of the American Dream for this in a lower-middle family in an economical depression. The subscriber can see how Arthur Miller was inspired to write this play because of his family downplay using a biographical approach. Millers generate was a prosperous businessman u ntil the Crash of 1929, after the family suffered through the Depression (Rollyson) which had a significant influence on his life and works. As we see in the play, Willy Loman in a sense has two different realities. There is a Willy Loman -- the financially burdened and emotionally outwear main character (Thompson) -- is broken, an exhausted man in his sixties, near the end of his life. And there is the more confident, industrious Willy Loman of some fifteen years before, who appears in flashbacks in the story. If we make a parallel between the story and the authors life, these two realities are the before and after of the gigantic depression that Millers father suffered through when Miller was a child. His life served as the inspiration to farm the characters of the story Miller drove trucks, unloaded cargoes, waited on tables, and worked as a clerk in a warehouse. (Rollyson) Moreover, the psychological view of Willy Loman is shown as a person who works as a traveling salesman and decides to commit self-destruction because the American Dream overwhelms him. As Charley says in the story the only thing you got in this world is what you can sell. He is a conventionalism person who embodies traditional American values of success.(Hansberry) In fact, Willy Loman wants to a great extent guess that he is one of the finest salesmen, a winner in life and a great father. For Mr. Loman, the accomplish... ...y he is so obsessed with laborious to attain it. He is the product of his own illusions and of a society that believe that with hard work everything is possible. The reader can understand that Willys skewed perspective of the American Dream is due to his distortion of his life and the dream that he thinks he lives in everyday. In conclusion, the play represents the collapse of the American Dream for a typical lower-middle class family in Brooklyn during an economic depression. The story represents the brutality of the system toward man (Kroll). Willy, with h is illusions of living the present with the mementos of the past represents the outcast desire to accept earth. Therefore, he decides to commit suicide in a coward way and leave the insurance money to the family. Moreover, his wife sees the whole mould of Willys death without interference in order to not price his pride. His sons, Biff and Happy, always had a constant pressure to achieve luxuries and console of the American Dream and due to that pressure they were unable to attain it. Willy dies believe in a dream that his family did not believe because they were seeing reality a little bite closer than him.