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GCSE: Death of a Salesman
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Betrayed or Betrayer? Discuss theses two aspects of Willy Loman's character and comment on how they affect both Willy himself and the other characters' relationships with him.
In the 1950's society the 'dream' had translated into personal wealth that was personal obtained- any failure to obtain such wealth was seen as a failure of the individual, not society. The American Dream is a combination of beliefs a belief in the unity of family, healthiness of competition in society and the need for success and money. In his play, Miller uses some of these beliefs, which are connected. In that stage of history, America offered alternatives to the European way of life and plenty of land, riches for all people and all of Americas people could share in the wealth of the nation.
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