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In the death of the salesmen Miller shatters the vision of the American dream and offers in its place A sense of hopelessness: discuss.

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In the death of the salesmen Miller shatters the vision of the American dream and offers in its place A sense of hopelessness: discuss: In the death of a salesman, we see Miller does shatter the vision of the American dream. We see that the death of a salesman as a whole is an attack on capitalism, and it shows the blemishes in a capitalist society. It also demonstrates how Americans followed their dreams without realising that it is a hard job to follow, therefore showing how the American dream was misleading. The American dream as a whole is the belief that anyone from anywhere can go to America and become rich and powerful, something that no other country offered at this stage. The failing to recognise the necessities of achieving this dream was demonstrated by the Loman family. The truth is that the Loman's have been circulating lies around each other so frequently, that they have been customised to not recognise the truth from a lie. A good example of this is the way Willy has manipulated his family into thinking that he earns lots of money, whereas the truth is he isn't. Whilst being dishonest we see that Willy's true attention is based around Biff becoming a frontrunner. ...read more.

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'To suffer fifty weeks of the year for a two week vacation'. From this, we see how Biff is very independently minded and thinks of having time spare, he likes to do what he wants, whenever he wants and does not like to work under other people's agenda's. Furthermore his fathers agenda, after finding out the truth about him. We also see how Biff felt about being blown up of: '"I never got anywhere because you blew me so full of hot air I could not stand taking orders from anybody". In the play we see how the American dream is so powerful, as it easily pulls Biff back into the illusions even though he knows that he will never be big in business, in addition we also see how it embarked on Happi's life. Biff, is lost in a world created by his dazed father, who instills in him a set of false values, and eventually becomes a failure in his early age. In spite of the fact that Bernard admires Biff and believes he is able to help him prosper, Biff is unable to listen. Bernard also interacts with the protagonist himself, again showing the same traits that are indicative of his character. ...read more.

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Happy's diseased condition is irreparable- he lacks even the tiniest spark of self-knowledge or capacity for self-analysis. He does share Willy's capacity for self-delusion, trumpeting himself as the assistant buyer at his store, when, in reality, he is only an assistant to the assistant buyer. He does not possess a hint of the latent thirst for knowledge that proves Biff's salvation. Happy is a doomed, utterly duped figure, destined to be swallowed up by the force of blind ambition that fuels his insatiable sex drive. Charley: The Lomans' next door neighbor and father of Bernard, Charley is a successful businessman and exemplifies the success that Willy never could achieve. Although Willy claims that Charley is a man who is "liked, but not well-liked," he owns his own business and is respected and admired. He and Willy have a contentious relationship, but Charley is nevertheless Willy's only friend. Bernard: Bernard is Charley's only son, intelligent and industrious but without the gregarious personality of either of the Loman sons. It is this quality that makes Willy believe that Bernard will never be a true success in the business world, but Bernard nevertheless proves himself to be far more successful than Willy imagined: he is a lawyer ready to argue a case in front of the Supreme Court. I I ...read more.

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