In "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller.........?
What does Miller suggest about the American identity, American Dream, and the mythology of America?
- 10 years agoFavorite Answer
I think Arthur Miller wanted to illustrate the failure of the American Dream. There are so many "versions" of how people view the American Dream but in simplified terms, it is basically the idea that it doesn't matter how you start out because if you work hard, you will get what is coming to you. Bernard and Charley both worked hard and were indeed successful, but Willy and his family were not.
From the get go, Willy believed wholeheartedly in what he considered the promise of the American Dream—that a “well liked” and “personally attractive” man in business will eventually lead him to a life of materialistic comfort. Basically, he truly believed that popularity will get him where he needed to be. What he failed to recognize was that it actually took hard work to achieve success more than having an attractive persona.
Because of this, Willy was never able to succeed in this walk of life, and was constantly obsessive in focusing on his ability to appeal to others. This kind of manipulation lead to Willy's downfall because it lead him to a path of false hope and security.