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The major theme of Death of a Salesman, about all else, is about Dreams and how they are the contributing factor of each character's perception of reality

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The major theme of Death of a Salesman, above all else, is about Dreams and how they are the contributing factor of each character's perception of reality. The perception of reality that each character visualizes is of there own highest aspirations in life. The theme of dreams is the most important theme of Death of a Salesman, and I will be examining and comparing this particular theme with three other themes as well. These three themes are as follows: Honesty, Time and Performance. In completing my comparison of all four of these themes, I will weigh the importance of each one against the theme of "Dreams", and as a result, come to a solid conclusion that indeed the theme of Dreams is the catalyst of the Lohman family's false perception of reality itself. In examining Death of a Salesman and a few of its most important themes, the theme of Dreams is certainly the most compelling and interesting of the four that I have selected. Each member of the Lohman family are all victims of their own false perception of reality. Their perception of reality is so out of focus that they are all blinded by their own aspirations of being something that they are not, as well as something that they cannot accomplish. This negativity towards the Lohman family is rightfully justified as a result of all three of the Lohman men's lack of ability to succeed and accomplish their very high aspirations. ...read more.


He never got a chance to due to his father's perception of reality and his false dreams. Willy dreams that one day Biff will become something big, something that he could be proud of. Unfortunately, Biff is incapable of achieving his father's high expectations for him, and gets very frustrated at times as a result. These dreams are the cause of this particular dishonesty-filled scenario, thus giving the theme of dreams the most importance and acknowledgement. Willy is the most dishonest of all characters in Death of a Salesman, and as such is prime subject of this theme. Willy's aspirations and dreams slowly become smaller and as he has grown older, he begun to realize that he is living a lie, a dream. As a result of this realization, he tries to kill himself. Willy is also unsatisfied with his wife Linda at times, so he cheats on her with a woman from Boston. He tries to lie his way out of it, yet is unsuccessful. This is yet another example of his dishonestly. His dreams of wealth not only for his family, but for himself, are very far-fetched. These aspirations, false dreams, and dishonestly were ultimately the death of Willy Lohman. Performance and Time at the end of time are the other two key themes of Death of a Salesman that will be discussed. ...read more.


Thus, Willy feels one last time the need to defraud the insurance company in order to give Biff the start he has never been able to give him. Through his death, Willy thought he was going to be remembered as a hero to his family members, yet instead of a hero's acknowledgement of accomplishment, he was deemed to be a coward by the remaining three Lohman family members by going through and ending his dream-like life. The importance of my chosen theme of dreams is very evident not only in itself, but in the other three themes that I explained in full detail. As a result, in the Lohman families false hopes of their non-successful aspirations and dreams, the themes of Dishonesty, Performance, and Time at the end of time were all only sub-themes in comparison to the major theme of dreams. The Lohman family is a model of what the American dream should be all about, minus the reality of their actual situation at the time. The three themes mentioned above are all very significant in the play, each happening at different times, several times. Yet, even though these three themes all reoccur many times during the play, the major theme that they all revolve around is dreams. The realization of the Lohman family's false aspirations and dreams drove Willy Lohman to the point of no return, that being his ultimate suicide death. ...read more.

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