The protagonist of the play Death of a Salesman, Willy Loman and protagonist of the play Fences, Troy Maxson are similar in the way both men are chasing after an American Dream. Willy Loman is an insecure self-deluded salesman who believes that “to be hard working, honest and have ambition were the ways of the American Dream” (Corruption of the "American Dream" In Death of A Salesman 124). Willy Loman also believes wholeheartedly in his misguided notion that the key to success is being “well liked” and making money (Miller 1920). What Willy Loman does not factor into his ideology of how to achieve the American dream is the value place...
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..., wealth, or love they had worked so hard their entire lives for. It is tragic that neither man realized soon enough that with the love and support of their families they so blatantly refused they could have led more productive lives.
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