Death of a Salesman

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Katie Davidson Professor Nolan HE112V 1 November 2009 The Illusive American Dream Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman chronicles the life and death of Willy Loman, an average traveling salesman struggling to pursue the American Dream to be successful and provide for his family. He ultimately determines that success can only be achieved in death, and he takes his own life to collect on insurance money. At his funeral, his youngest son Happy vows, “I’m gonna show you and everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain.” He then affirms, “I’m gonna win it for him.” Happy’s declaration implies that Willy was not successful. Miller does not portray him as a character to be revered but rather a pitiful wretch whose life could be considered tragic. Willy’s inability to achieve the underlying theme of the illusive American Dream is marred by Happy’s intent to continue the pursuit. Willy’s overwhelming denial of reality in favor of idealism that he could never overcome and that Happy fails to recognize. Miller contrasts Willy’s failures with the successes of his brother Ben, who achieved
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