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Appearance is a key concept, for a salesman m... ... middle of paper ... ...ke to have a wrong American Dream at the first place, but it is Willy’s insatiable pursuit that ended him. “The desire to obtain such wealth became so intense for some that Merle Curti, author of The Growth of American Thought, calls it a “quest” that Americans embark upon as they seek out “material fortunes as ends in themselves” (Packer-Kinlaw 508).” Willy Loman is just one example of thousands of other Americans who are never going to be satisfied because of their desire to be successful. The tragedy of Willy Loman shows that because he never realizes what he already had, he never cherishes his family and things other than success. Willy Loman’s American Dream is distorted because of his lacking realization of hard work, and his obsession with money and fame. His concentration on the appearance caused most of his misunderstanding of success, and the end of him.