Death Of A Salesman American Dream Analysis

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The American dream is comfort, motivation, reason, obsession, imprisonment and death. There are few that understand it and benefit. And others suffer from its unachievable promise. In the modern era God-controlled nobles are not the only who suffer from considerable flaws. When humans dedicate their lives to chase material objects they unwillingly play the role of a Loman, never a Great man. Every average individual may live twenty four hour long tragedies ripe with pity and fear. It is those very emotions on what “Death of a Salesman” empathizes with. To define tragedy, many look toward Aristotle 's “Poetics” though centuries later a revision is in need. Classical conceptions of the tragedy are invaded by the common man, as a result of Arthur…show more content…
Willy, a traveling salesman, his wife Linda, and his sons Biff and Happy, are all in the pursuit of happiness which is the American dream. The most faulty view of this happiness belongs to Willy as he constantly alters the truth to deal with reality. Doing so, throughout the play he contradicts himself and begins to slip into almost a dementia-like state. Frequently Willy suffers specific flashbacks, that transport the play into a time where the family were younger and happier; they take place around the time the brothers were finishing high school, which results in the biggest factor to the Loman…show more content…
Then as the audience enters Willy Loman 's psyche, more elements of a tragedy become evident. For example, His unwillingness to accept an actual job from charley shows the overwhelming pride he has. Even though he is jobless, and his world crashing down around him only accepts money but not the offer, exemplifying the trait of Hubris. With each flashback and times where lucid intervals escape his mind the audience begin to have emotion toward Willy, pity. The play thrives on the pity shown for Willy, he lives in his own world false world, only doing harm to those around him, and listening to imaginary characters. His main fault, the denied fake world he lives in, becomes the downfall. In a delusion he misreads his son, and kills himself, suffering a downfall. Through which, the “audience experiences a catharsis — the cleansing or purgation associated with classical tragedy.” (Johansson) In the most true sense of the meaning, it is argued that “Death of a Salesman” is not a Classical tragedy. The first and foremost reason: Willy Loman is not a king nor can he ever become great or noble. To further support the anti-Classical tragedy clause many of the poetics are not included within the play. Also within Classic tragedy the gods control the fate of the hero, Willy came across many options to help himself and his family, his choices made were his own, his hand was the only one controlling
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