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Discuss the importance of dreams in the play Arthur Asher Miller (October 17, 1915 - February 10, 2005) was an American playwright, essayist and author. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays. Miller was born into a moderately-wealthy Jewish family in New York City. His father, Isidore Miller, was a ladies-wear manufacturer and shopkeeper who was ruined in the Great Depression. His mother, Augusta, was a housewife who valued literature and education. His sister, Joan became an actress. Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play by Arthur Miller and is one of his most famous and commonly revived works. Viewed by many as the American Dream of achieving wealth and success, Death of a Salesman made both Arthur Miller and the character Willy Loman household names. Some of the other titles Miller considered for the play were The Inside of His Head and A Period of Grace. The American Dream is the faith held by many in the United States of America that through hard work, courage, and determination one can achieve a better life for oneself, usually through financial prosperity. ...read more.


Linda's hope is more subtle and it is that her family will 'get on' and Willy will get a desk-job. Linda is seriously worried about Willy's health and feels him traveling around the country is making him worse, therefore Linda wants Willy to start an easier job, working at a desk. Biff's ambition is too be able to work outdoors without his dad pestering him about becoming a salesman, his dream is to be accepted in life, which is a strong dream to have. His hope's are conflicting ones, he wants to be able to provide money like a man should do, he also wants Willy to live and Willy to stop tormenting him. Throughout the play these hopes are made obvious and Biff is undecided which is his main hope, therefore he pursues only one of them, with failing another. The torment from his father stops but this is only because Willy's suicide attempt is a success. Happy's ambition in life is to be praised; he is regularly contradicted for his actions even if he does well at something. Happy's dream is the same as his father's; he wants to be successful, rich and popular. ...read more.


I think dreams are very important as each characters emotion and actions revolve around their dreams or the other people's dreams. The play would not be anything without dreams as a theme. I have discussed in this essay daydreams, national dreams, cultural dreams, there are dreams that happen during one's sleep, hopes and ambition type dreams and fantasies. I think Miller is trying to tell us is that people give other people the idea that you can achieve absolutely anything without trying your hardest, but really you have to try to achieve, no everyone in life gets to live a life of fame and fortune, not everyone can afford luxury items that the Loman's can, but make do without. But the Loman's struggle with doing this, they always want better than they have and therefore will never achieve their dreams. To a lot of people in 1949, the Lomans' did live a life of luxury. They had a good sized house, a car, a fridge; all things considered luxury, but for them it was not good enough, they thought they were doing badly and needed more. I think Happy and Willy were lead into a false world that many other Americans were but Linda and Biff pulled back from the false world and were living in a more realistic world. Stephanie Corris Page 1 ...read more.

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