The definition of the American Dream is a crucial style that is woven throughout the attitudes and actions of Arthur Miller’s characters in his play The Death of A Salesman. Pleased Loman, a character controlled by his product greed and desire to crush anyone standing in between him and the almighty dollar, represents a manipulated viewpoint of that Dream, a viewpoint shared by a significantly large amount of Americans. Through his insatiable cravings for power, desire, and wealth, Pleased Loman embodies the modern-day capitalist American Dream.
And through his perpetual discontent and perpetual feeling of unfulfillment, Pleased also embodies the misconception and shortcomings of that Dream.
One could consider Delighted Loman to be a success. He may not be the president of his business (in reality he is among 2 assistants to an assistant purchaser), however at approximately thirty years of age, he has a steady job and a place of his own. And he’s moving up in the world, he’s getting someplace. And there’s absolutely nothing incorrect with this. American society and capitalism in general is based upon the Puritan individualist work principles, which states that hard work types success and happiness.
However Happy isn’t succeeding since he works hard, since he’s well liked, or since he’s incredibly good at what he does. He’s prospering through the neo-American faster way to happiness, the modern-day American Dream, which motivates cut-throat competition at every level. Happy, much like millions of other Americans, is going far by beating his competition, by damaging all of those in his way. On page 23 and 24, he states, “All I can do now is wait for the merchandise manager to pass away” ¦ He’s a buddy of mine.” Pleased desires more money, more power, and more responsibility highly enough that he is willing to lose a good friend of his, simply to get his task.
His job. Not a task. Another reason Pleased represents the new American Dream is his fixation with messing up the lives of others in order to better himself. “I do not understand what enters into me, maybe I simply have an overdeveloped sense of competitors or something” ¦ “he states on page 25. Delighted can get any female he wants. Yet he intentionally chooses to sleep with the spouses and fiancÃ © es of his colleagues and managers as a method of beating them in some nonexistent competition for power. For that reason, in spite of the fact that they might lead him in the business world, Delighted can find solace in the reality that he “went and messed up” his managers’ partners. “Isn’t that a crummy characteristic?” he asks Biff. Naturally it is, but it doesn’t stop Pleased from doing it over and over.
Delighted may represent the ultimate American in the elements discussed above, however what genuinely seals his position as the embodiment of the neo-capitalist is his pervading sensations of unhappiness and discontent. When Pleased mentions possibly ending up being the brand-new product supervisor, he says that he would do the same thing that the old product supervisor did: build an estate of a house for himself, then sell in 2 months. He says on page 23, “It’s crazy” ¦ it’s what I always desired. My own house, an automobile, and a lot of women.” Yet when Biff asks if he is content, Happy retorts, “Hell no!”. When speaking of females, whom Pleased appears to be exceptionally keen on, he states, “I keep knockin’ em over, and it doesn’t imply anything.” And why enjoys discontent? Because he specified the American Dream, his American Dream, in regards to cash and power, rather of happiness and self-actualization. He will never be content, and neither will anybody else who shares his Dream.
When objectives are determined in denominations of currency, then they can never ever be reached, because no one can have all the money that exists in the world. What’s better than a Toyota? A Lexus. What’s much better than a Lexus? A Ferrari. What’s much better than a Ferrari? A hovercraft? A yacht? 2 private yachts? A goddamn jumbo jet? It never ever ends. And thus, the American Dream can be crushed under the weight of a dollar expense when it is improperly specified. The Dream ends up being farce, a crockery, a scam, an old other halves’ tale, an urban myth, an orange that includes absolutely nothing but the peel, a person whose soul, whose brains have been sucked out of his nose by little aliens wearing wing-tipped shoes, carrying attachÃ © cases, and driving hovercrafts with the fiancÃ©es of their managers in the traveler seat. However it does not need to.