With reckless abandon, Willy believes in the idea of the American Dream. In fact, that's a bit of an understatement. Willy is a dreamer, one that continues following that until it's too late. In “13th Gen: Abort, Retry, Ignore, Fail?”, William Strauss explores and explains the baby boomer generations misunderstanding. Throughout, he describes the forces that shaped it into a reactive generation. He evidences the recessions and possibility of bankruptcy of our social security systems causing a less than fortunate retirement situation for said generation, and does so with the trends of the culture, statistics of sociological studies, and census data. It really lays out a firm foundation for an understanding of the paradigm that the generation went through. It is used well in context with Miller's Death of a Salesman due to the insight offered involving the political and social economics behind the myth of the American dream. The kind of dream that promises to deliver a successful and materialistic lifestyle for those that are hard-working, upstanding citizens. Looking a little deeper, one might find it strange to attempt a fusion of the vastly different concepts of Willy's expectations for life. His fascination and perhaps...
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...er perspective, Biff perhaps feels as though he has been betrayed since his father had been constantly trying to sell him a lifestyle of hope in the American Dream, only to find out that it was all made of lies.
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