The Low Man and the American Dream Analytical Essay by Top Papers

The Low Man and the American Dream
This paper discusses the aspirations of the low man, or Loman and the American Dream.
# 130841 | 1,000 words | 2 sources | APA | 2006 | US

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In this article, the writer looks at Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman" and discusses the dreams and aspirations of protagonist, Willy Loman. The writer discusses that Willy Loman has come to represent the rapidly changing societal landscape that is dictated by the American dream. The writer discusses that Willy Loman takes the original ideals of personal ability and being given a chance regardless of identity, and perverts them into an unobtainable dream that destroys his family and himself in a desperate suicide. The writer points out that Willy Loman has "all the wrong dreams."

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"In the "Requiem" of Arthur Miller's (1949) "Death of a Salesman", Biff says that his father and protagonist of the play, Willy Loman, "had the wrong dreams. All, all, wrong" (p. 138). The notion of dreams and aspirations is central to the play. However, it is a perversion of a dream that provides the hinge of the work. Willy's supreme investment in and subsequent warping of the American Dream ultimately destroyed both himself and his family. James Truslow Adams, in this work, The Epic of America (1913) defined the American Dream as "that dream of a land in which life should be better and ..."

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