Using these as his benchmarks, Willy can never achieve the success he so desperately craves.
Through a series of flashbacks in the play, where we witness Willy's persistent efforts to make the American Dream a reality for himself and his family, Miller launches a scathing attack on the very notion of the dream.
Willy Loman's American Dream in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman is the story of Willy Loman, a middle-class salesman who, in the course of a single day, comes to realize that the American Dream, which he has pursued for 40 years, has failed him.
Willy's relentless, but naive pursuit of success has not only affected his sense of his own worth but has dominated the lives of his wife Linda and his sons Biff and Happy.
To begin, readers shall look at the first case of American Dream in Death of a Salesman, Willy’s son Biff.
Biff is the character in the play most torn between what the true definition of the American Dream is.
Happy makes it clear that he is steadfast in continuing to chase his dream and goes as far as to say he’ll “pick up where his father left off.
” Tying into the similarity of their dreams is the similarity of character that the two possess.
” In this Steinbeck analyzes the state of America and what exactly it is they’re striving for(Thomas).
In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller takes on a similar task, providing commentary on what the American Dream is through Willy Loman and his family.