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Death Of A Salesman (The Importance of Dreams in the play)

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Death Of A Salesman In Death Of A Salesman there are three types of significant dreams, which affect some or all of the characters in one way or another. These dreams are dreams which Willy has throughout the play which remind him of past times in his or his sons' lives. The hopes Willy has for his son's Happy & Biff and the main dream, The American Dream, Willy Loman's downfall. This dream is the most significant in the play due to the fact Willy basis his life around it and is possessed by the idea that he must be rich, successful and most importantly of all, in Willy's eyes being well liked. Miller shows being well liked in a motto for life which Willy has '...be liked and you will never want' illustrating one of Willy's main ambitions in life, to be liked. ...read more.


After the discussion about Charlie & Bernard Willy turns to his son and says 'You want to be a worm like Bernard' after Bernard tries to encourage Biff to study for his Maths exam, because if he failed he wouldn't make the football team. This shows that Willy wants his sons to be liked and have character. Here Miller presents Willy as an obsessive man who wants his sons to live in his own dream world. After Willy's pay is cut and has to make a living on his sales alone, he struggles to pay for the many necessities in life Willy turns to his '... not well liked' neighbour for money every week and willingly gives Willy the money as well as offering a job which Willy declines and is so frustrated at Charlie's offer says 'I've got a job' but is challenged by Charlie who realizes Willy is deceiving himself with his unrealistic dream. ...read more.


These daydreams however help the audience to piece together the background Willy and his sons share and the relationship they have shared in key moments in Willy's life. In one flashback his son walks into a hotel room, where his Dad stayed whilst travelling, only to find his father having an affair with another woman and this leads to hatred as the pairs' relationship is never the same again although Linda never does find out. In conclusion I have shown how all off the characters in Willy's life are affected by dreams in one way or another. Throughout the play Miller shows the trouble people face in a modern day society with all the pressure of marketing to have the best of everything in life and encourage people to set themselves such high standards in life to achieve all their desires and will one day be part of the dream, THE AMERICAN DREAM. Liam Hughes 7104 39409 ...read more.

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