American Dream Study Guide

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American Dream


American Dream

Willy Loman is a man on a mission. His purpose in life is to achieve a false sense of the
"American Dream," but is this what Willy Loman really wants? In Death of a Salesman,
Arthur Miller analyzes the American Dream by portraying to us a few days in the life of a
washed up salesman named Willy Loman. The American Dream is a definite goal of many
people, meaning something different to everyone. Willy's version is different from most
people though; his is based more on being well-liked and achieving monetary successes
rather than achieving something that will make him happy. Willy never becomes part of the
"American Dream" because he never follows his true dreams and aspirations. He chooses a
career that will make him money, but not much, rather than a career that he will enjoy.
This is the big mistake that Willy makes in his life and in the end he never overcomes it.
Willy never becomes part of the American Dream because he tries to become successful and
wealthy rather than spending his life doing something that would bring him and his family
joy.


"The American Dream " is a term used to summarize the basic ideals held by the American
public. Death of a Salesman focuses on this dream and analyses the dreams significance in
the American social order. The basic principal behind the "American Dream" is the belief
that if people have an aspiration and they work for it they will achieve their dreams.
Furthermore, what lies at the heart of the American Dream is the desire to achieve wealth
and power based on one's looks and appearance rather than the value and quality of their
work. The American Dream is supposedly what everyone wants to end up with; a family, a
house, a car and a well paying job. The problem is that not everyone wants these things.
People all over the world desire to immigrate to America because they have heard of this
"American Dream" and they want to be a part of a country that makes it seem so easy to
make a fortune. The problem with this dream is the theory at the basis of it; the fact
that success is not assured, but if people work for their dreams they will eventually
achieve them. People can work their entire lives thinking that they are contributing to
humanity when in fact they are not. They believe that as long as they put something into
civilization, at the end of their lives they will receive something in return. Many times
this is simply not the way things work out. If people work their entire lives to achieve
something that they can enjoy at the end of their life, they will miss the entire journey
in between. "The American Dream" is the basis of American culture although some ideals at
the heart of it seem incorrect.


Willy Loman's dream is an adaptation of the American Dream. Willy believes that the only
things that are important in life are the successes that he achieved and the amount of
friends that he made. This is easily illustrated when Willy says " It's who you know and
the smile on your face! ... and that's the wonder, the wonder of this country, that a man
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