American Dream is something that is considered the ideal of life in America, including the success and prosperity for every citizen of the United States. The idea of the American dream, which penetrates through the entire culture, can be seen in the songs of by Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen, in the literary works of F. Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams, and in many Hollywood films.
Sometimes American dream is depicted as something positive that should be strived for, while in other cases, it is subjected to sharp criticism. Members of marginalized groups and minorities in the United States, such as the African-American folk singer Tracy Chapman and Latin American writer Junot Diaz, are seeking to show that this is not the case. But no matter how people choose, what is this dream like, which occupies an important place in American consciousness?
The basic idea of reaching the American dream is that people can come from rags to riches, starting at zero and ending with a big house, a stylish car, and enough wealth to ensure a better future for their children. However, this dream is actually more complicated than the idea itself.
In the play Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller, which is one of the most famous literary studies of the American dream, we are introduced to Willy Loman, the old seller, who fell into a depression and eventually committed suicide, because of his conflict with family members, and his own sense of inferiority. Loman is a man who sought the American dream, and he couldn’t reach it. However, while Loman is really concerned about the financial issues (his family is in big debt) we soon realize that money is not what he craves. We know that as a young man, he decided to become a seller, not for material benefit, but for the recognition and love.
Loman remembers seeing the old seller, who was a favorite of all of his customers and, after his death, was awarded a magnificent burial, where hundreds of his buyers and sellers were present. For Willy Loman, the American dream is not wealth or fame, but honor, respect, and love. Instead, Loman ends up living only in failure and gets pity from the people who attend his meager funeral.
However, while Arthur Miller criticizes the American dream, showing the chaos it brings to human life and the life of families, he also expresses little admiration about it, and suggests that there is a degree of generosity in the way Willy lived and died. At the funeral Willy’s neighbor said that the seller must dream as this is the spirit of this area.
American Dream is something that is considered the ideal of life in America, including the success and prosperity for every citizen of the United States. The idea of the American dream, which penetrates through the entire culture, can be seen in the songs of by Elvis Presley and Bruce Springsteen, in the literary works of F.