Tuesday, March 19, 2019
The Collapse of the American Dream in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Mil
Prosperity, job security, hard melt and family union are both(prenominal) of the concepts that involves the American trance, generally speaking. Some people think this dreaming is something mechanically granted or in contrast, as in the story wipeout of a Salesman written by Arthur milling machine, as something that has to be achieved in come in to be successful in life. The admit takes issues with those in America who crop to much stress on material gain, instead of more estimable values. American society is exemplified with milling machines work and demonstrates how a dream could turn into a nightmare. Arthur Millers, Death of a Salesman, is a play that portrays the authors life and the psychological problems that brings the collapse of the American fancy for this in a lower-middle family in an economical depression. The reader can rule how Arthur Miller was inspired to write this play because of his family background using a biographical approach. Millers father was a p rosperous man of affairs until the Crash of 1929, after(prenominal) the family suffered through the Depression (Rollyson) which had a significant settle on his life and deeds. As we see in the play, Willy Loman in a sense has two different realities. There is a Willy Loman -- the financially burden and emotionally exhausted main character (Thompson) -- is broken, an exhausted man in his sixties, near the end of his life. And there is the more confident, vigorous Willy Loman of some fifteen years before, who appears in flashbacks in the story. If we make a parallel in the midst of the story and the authors life, these two realities are the before and after of the great depression that Millers father suffered through when Miller was a child. His life served as the inspiration to create the characters of the story Miller drove trucks, unloaded cargoes, waited on tables, and worked as a clerk in a warehouse. (Rollyson) Moreover, the psychological view of Willy Loman is shown as a p erson who works as a traveling salesman and decides to commit suicide because the American pipe dream overwhelms him. As Charley says in the story the only thing you got in this land is what you can sell. He is a normal person who embodies traditionalistic American values of success.(Hansberry) In fact, Willy Loman wants to a great extent conceive that he is one of the finest salesmen, a winner in life and a great father. For Mr. Loman, the accomplish... ...y he is so obsessed with trying to attain it. He is the product of his own illusions and of a society that believe that with hard work everything is possible. The reader can understand that Willys skewed perspective of the American Dream is due to his distortion of his life and the dream that he thinks he lives in everyday. In conclusion, the play represents the collapse of the American Dream for a typical lower-middle class family in Brooklyn during an economic depression. The story represents the brutality of the brass to ward man (Kroll). Willy, with his illusions of living the present with the mementos of the past represents the unwanted desire to usurp reality. Therefore, he decides to commit suicide in a coward way and reserve the insurance money to the family. Moreover, his wife sees the whole process of Willys last without interference in order to not hurt his pride. His sons, Biff and Happy, ever so had a constant pressure to achieve luxuries and comforts of the American Dream and due to that pressure they were unable to attain it. Willy dies believing in a dream that his family did not believe because they were seeing reality a inadequate bite closer than him.