The play was referred to as the " first great American tragedy" which addressed the popular notions of the American Dream as it addressed the painful social conflicts and the blind faith in the American Dream which was so characteristic of the fifties in the post war America . This work'play portrays the themes of crass commercialism and the political lies which disillusioned (you are confusing your past and present tense, read carefully)the society which overshadowed the original American Dream of the Founding Fathers.
The drama has retained its original dream and flair even today and has even influenced pop culture .The concept of the American Dream, how it relates to the notions of material success and how it affected the family structure of the American Society features prominently within the essay. Miller's portrayal of an America afraid of the "Communist takeover" and its struggle to save capitalism also shows how the myth of the "American Dream" was manipulated to reflect a peaceful homogenous society.
The drama portrays an American family where the main protagonist Willy Loman’s wife is insisting that he should stop his travelling salesman activities and that he should shift to New York , the city of big dreams and promises. The play goes on to portray the way the children are criticised by Loman and unhappy and how the wife is dissatisfied by her husband. The text further shows individual dreams and desires as the two children/young adults fantasise about a life where they can have an ideal life at the ranch. Willy’s dream of having the perfect sons and good finances is also shown.
Willy's dream of having the perfect sons and good finances is also shown. After a string of flashbacks and day dreams the play brings us back into the present where Willy realises that it is his present life is a failure and there are further conflicts and arguments within the frustrated family members. The ending shows tragedy as Willy dies and his family members are in shock. His life is seen by the people around him as a victimisation by his profession and high dreams of a better life.' The play shows how Miller has used the stream of consciousness of the main protagonist Willy to show the bitterness and disappointment of an individual faced by a mid age crisis.
His day dreams show his unhappiness with his current life despite the fact that he seems successful at being a salesman at first. The play portrays the classic Aristotelian approach to tragedy as the main hero finds himself useless and inadequate in his practical life when he thinks, "I saw the things that I love in this world. The work and the food and the time to sit and smoke. And I looked at the pen and I thought, what the hell am I grabbing this for' Why am I trying to become what I don't want to be . .. . when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am." (ACT II).
This ''shows how his "American Dream" is eating him from within as he delves deeper into the flashbacks of his past and fantasises about successful children as the sight of his son Biff is a disappointment to him.Things get worse when he is fired by his boss due to his old age and deemed redundant. His frustration is echoed as he reflects further "he's a man way out there in the