Success and fortune have been a downfall in the search for the American Dream. It has corrupted society’s ethics in all, family values and morals, and psychological well-being. In part to the fact that “The American Dream” and the way Americans wish to live can be unreachable by the average person. Society once was based on truth, passion, and liberty for all but now is a mere illusion, focusing on money, power and how to reach it; portraying materialism and wealth as the “American Dream” and self-actualization, as portrayed by Miller in Death of a Salesman. The American Dream came to mean fame and fortune, instead of a promise that shaped a nation.
What would you do if you failed both your family and yourself? In a small house in the New York a man has done exactly this and has failed his son in such a way it ruins his life. A young man's life is ruined because of the delusional thoughts of his father. The father causes his son and his family to fall under a spelled mixed with lies and secrets which has an outcome of the destruction of his family and his beloved sons lives. The abandonment and betrayal seen in the novel The Death of a Salesman is shown in this family and between the relationship between the father and son.
His external force is the change in the nature of business: success through reputation no longer holds true, eventually leading to Howard firing Willy. The last element is that Willy died with the fatal event of his suicide due to the fact that he believed it was a last resort towards his dream. Through the use of these characteristic and thematic elements, Miller is able to craft, to an extent, Willy into a tragic hero whose death was the consequence of his delusions of his dream. Willy Loman’s delusional dream continuously brings him into the past because he cannot accept that conditions of his current life. Willy incorrectly thinks that “It’s not what you say, it’s how you say it — because personality always wins the day”, which is absolutely not true and causes him to be a poor role model for his children (Miller 65).
Bigger appears to have dreams of doing better and making something of his future but is torn because he is constantly being pulled into his dangerous and troublesome lifestyle. Bigger is consumed with fear and anger for whites because racism has limited his options in life and has subjected him and his family into poverty stricken communities with little hope for change. The protagonist is ashamed of his families’ dark situation and is afraid of the control whites have over his life. His lack of control over his life makes him violent and depressed, which makes Bigger further play into the negative stereotypes that put him into the box of his expected role in a racist society. Wright beautifully displays the struggle that blacks had for identity and the anger blacks have felt because of their exclusion from society.
In the end because of “his misconception of himself as someone capable of greatness” leads to his downfall and the end of his life (Death of a Salesman).” One of the themes used in this play by Arthur Miller is the American Dream of success, fame, and wealth. Furthermore, traditionally, the American Dream should be achieved “through thrift and hard work (Warshauer).” However, due to industrialization during the nineteenth and twentieth century, the American Dream of success, fame, and wealth through hard work was replaced by easy or quick success. The people of America no longer cared ...
The novel explores the shallowness of the upper class and the fruitless pursuit of the American dream that eventually ends in vain. Through Jay Gatsby’s attempt to live his own dream, Fitzgerald presents his view of a disillusioned society, fraught with the hollowness of the rich and the pursuit of the unachievable American Dream, that eventually spiral into desperation and disappointment. During this time period, one’s success is often equated to one’s wealth–the richer a person is, the higher up he is on the social ladder, and therefore the more successful he is. However, success does not always guarantee happiness. When Nick, the narrator, first goes to Tom’s house, he encounters Daisy and Jordan, who are both extremely wealthy women, lying on a couch.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald instead presents this spirit as a corruption, as the people who purse it fall into the misconduct of money. Corrupt values, greed, and the empty pursuit of pleasure are all parts of the downfall of the American Dream. The idea of an American Dream first started in the Declaration of Independence, as people are “endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable Rights" including "Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness." The Dream was suppose to be a life of personal happiness and material comfort. However, as money became easy to get and as social values loosened up, the American Dream changed, turning it into an immoral and corrupt passion.
This tells us that Marco might be praying for forgiveness from God. Therefore it says to us, that he might be getting revenge on Eddie for turning him in to the immigration police. Miller's stage direction about Beatrice makes us feel tense when she 'raises her hands in terror'. Eddie's reaction towards Rodolfo when he enters is angry and shouts 'get outa here' for showing his face at his place. Dramatic tension i... ... middle of paper ... ... takes no notice and calls Eddie an 'animal'.
As time progresses, America has strayed further and further from this aforementioned acceptable behavior. Those from before Loman’s time would have described even his most normal actions as, especially “in the business world…, crazy”, and because of all his added “crazy” actions, he feels that those in the business world “don’t seem to take to [him]” (61; 36). He fears that his sons will be “a worm like Bernard,” and his obsession with these impressions that they would make on people ends up backfiring and practically ruining the rest of Biff’s life (40). However, it could be argued that Willy is simply a product of his environment. Everything that befalls him j... ... middle of paper ... ... downfall as well.
The Destruction of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman In the book Death of A Salesman, author Arthur Miller shows how cruel life can be through the life of Willy Loman, the main character. His feelings of guilt, failure, and sadness result in his demise. Willy's sense of pride is a very big issue in his life; he doesn't like people to give him handouts, although he may need them. But the feeling of failure overrides him when he learns about the loss of his job. "But I got to be in 10-12 hours a day.