“That’s just what I mean, Bernard can get the best marks in school, you understand, but when he gets out in the business world, you understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him” (Miller 1014).
Willy's assertion that popularity matters above all else is ironic.
Having an American Dream may not be a bad motivation for life, but Willy held on to this dream as if it was everything.
Death of a Salesman has many literary devices that help to make it deep and riveting play that has become an American classic.
Maybe it is that pursuit which draws directors to produce the play every year and why audiences continue to flock to the performances.
We all have an ' American Dream' and we can relate to the struggles in realizing it.To Willy, Dave had the greatest career a man could want, “ because what could be more satisfying than to be able to go, at the age of eighty-four, into twenty or thirty different cities, and pick up a phone, and be remembered and loved and helped by so many different people” (Miller 1043)?Once again Willy stands by his belief of reputation being the key to success.Willy wishes to die the "Death of a Salesman" (Miller 1043) and have many buyers and salesmen mourned for him just like Dave did.He was the reason Willy entered the sales business.Arthur Miller’s playwright, Death of a Salesman, reveals many of the insecurities and fears of the 20th century American self-made man.Miller expresses this modern paranoia through the fictional life of Willy Loman.The constant conflict between illusion and reality is a constant struggle for him throughout the play.Willy Loman is motivated by the need to be proud, well-known, and wealthy.However his goals in life have been useless as he hasn’t achieved anything.Willy soon gets fired from work, his marriage with his wife is hitting rock bottom, and his sons begin to lose faith in his beliefs.