There is no doubt, that in society, everyone has a role. A mans role, for instance, is to provide for his family by going to work and bringing home money. The American dream brainwashes society and fools it into thinking it is easy to be successful and happy in life. In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willie Lowman builds himself up to the point where he is the cause of his own downfall. Society is at fault for corrupting and exploiting Willy almost as much as Willy is at fault for his own tragedy. Willies outlook and expectations on life was warped and contributed to his tragedy.
Willie Lowman was a man with one vision on his mind. The vision was the American Dream. Williw wants success and happiness out of life. Like many people Willie wants to own his own home as well as a house in the country. He says, You wait, kid, before its all over were going to get a little place out in the country, and Ill raise some vegetables, a couple of chickens…. Willie knows he cant afford a house in the country, but he still tries to convince himself that he can. Also Linda doesnt burst his bubble either.
Linda says, Youll do it yet, dear. By saying that Linda is just contributing to Willys downfall. The American Dream that Willie believes in, goes bad. For instance, as soon as he fully pays for anything, it breaks on him. Willie says, Once in my life I would like to own something outright before its broken! Im always in a race with the junkyard! I just finished paying for the car and its on its last legs. The refrigerator consumes belts like a goddam maniac….(p.1196) This is just typical of Willys life.
Comment on the extent to which each of the following contributed to a more democratic society in the American colonies: (a) the Great Awakening (b) immigration (c) the Zenger case.ton Russell With the help of these key events, the colonies of America slowly evolved to become a more liberal country which shaped and changed the American colonies to progressively become a democratic government. In ...
Nothing ever works out like it is supposed to. The American Dream is just that, a dream. Reality is much different. Not only is Willie at fault for his own downfall society is also at fault for corrupting and exploiting Willy. One way is that big business is eating up small business men. What that means is that Willie is the small business man who is used to traveling and making sales.
The new big business did away with traveling salesman and put them behind desks making phone calls. Now, Howard had no use for Willie so he let Willie go. Howard says, I dont want you to represent us. Ive been meaning to tell you for a long time now(p.1202) Willie feels as though he has been used for so many years and now when he needs help, Howard is turning his back on him. This totally crushes Willy and he completely loses all hope in life after that. Technology has also not helped Willie move Forward and become financially sound. Technological advancements left Willie in the dark.
This becomes known when Howard shows Willie the tape recorder. Willie doesnt know what it is, or how it works. This shows the division between the rich and poor class also. Howard mentions his maid and how much the tape recorder costs. Willie cant afford a maid or even the tape recorder, but he still lies to himself , at age 62, and says hes going to get one. This is a tragedy of an individuals own making, as well as society being at fault for exploiting and corrupting Willie. Willie continued to lie to himself and convince himself that he could follow the American dream. He was a failure though.
The capitalistic system in which Willie believed in killed him in the end. The myth of working hard and good things come applies to Willie. Willie got shunned by Howard after working so hard for so many years and now had no job or anything to show for it.
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