May 2, 2005

The American Dream and Death of a Salesman

I think that overall this play shows us the need of the american dream, the desire for this man "Willy" to achieve everyhing he thought his life lacked and yet at the same time take for granded all the things his life already had. It was true he wasn't a good salesman, he didn't lived the kind of life perhaps his brother did, and its true that perhaps he struggled each day to make ends meet. But he had a wife that loved him, two sons that whre healthy and strong...if he would had taken that into concidration and be happy not with what he could had achieved but with what he did, his life would had been much happier, perhaps the ending more favorable for him.

Willy not only managed to take for granted what he had, he also did things to ruin them even more, like the affair he has with the other woman in the road, knowing full well that his wife Linda loves him to piece and would give up the world for him. Its because of this affair also that his relationship with his son Bif deteriorates and he finds himself relieving memories of both guilt and shame because of it. he has illusion about nostalgia of the life he once had, but the truth is once you look at what life he had years ago, you see it was no more magical, or special or true than the one he is living now. He's hoplesly clinging back onto something that clearly dosent exist and nobody else knows about it than him.

Above all i think this play not only teaches us abut ourselves, but it also specifies that the american dream is not simply being the best, is not having a car bigger than your neighbour or being more succesful, or having your kid beat the parkers kid in a spelling bee, or in football. Its being happy with who you are and with what you have compleated wheather or not you feel that you deserve more or not should not even be an issue. True happiness, comes from satisfaction of knowing you did what you had to do and you acomplished it fully, this is why i think this is one of the most thoughtful plays i had the priviledge to read in a very long time.

Posted by MisheilaPellot at May 2, 2005 1:30 PM | TrackBack

I don't think that Willy would have been much happier with his life even in he had taken all those things into consideration, he was still in financial debt up to hi shoulders.

Posted by: Jordan Walley at March 10, 2006 12:25 PM

It seems like you really focused on the deep points of the play. I sort of agree with you on a few points, but it just lacks depth.

Posted by: Zach at March 10, 2006 12:26 PM

Yeah, I kind of go along with you here. I believe that to be happy in life, you must take into consideration your own capabilities, and try as hard as you can to try to outperform yourself. Also, I believe that life is not about what other people can do, but what you can do yourself

Posted by: Greg at March 10, 2006 12:27 PM

I think that your last paragraph is awesome which makes me think of the 10 comandments. Don't envy what your neighbor has. Willy nevere took the time to think about what he did. He only thought about we he should of done to change it. Which is saying that his past killed him.

Posted by: Charlie at March 10, 2006 12:27 PM

At one point Willy had the American dream... and he lost it, so he freaked out and tried commiting suicide. What does suicide have to do with the aAmerican dream... if he was trukly happy, he would retire with a rememberance of what he once accomplished, but now he has to live with the fact that he didn't raise his kid right, and he has failed. My class has had many debates over key issues brought up in this play... if you would like to take a look at them... they are right here...

Posted by: Ryan at March 10, 2006 12:28 PM

I agree that your american dream comes only from your own satisfaction that you have reached it. If you don't feel satisfied, and happy than you can never have your dream.

Posted by: Nolan at March 10, 2006 12:28 PM

I agree with you on the fact that all you need to be happy is a good family, and that you should be happy with it. However I believe that if Willy had gotten everything he wanted, he would have still been bitter towards Biff, and thus still somewhat "Crazy".

Posted by: Raymond at March 11, 2006 9:08 AM

No one should put business before family. You can have all the financial resources in the world. If you don't have a family to look up to, you are nobody.

Or at least that's my philosophy.

Posted by: Cristian Mezei at November 15, 2006 9:54 AM
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