Death of a Salesman

English - Death of A Salesman

Biff suggests that Willy's demise is the result of a misdirected life when he states: "He had all the wrong dreams. All, all wrong" (Miller 138) What are the consequences of this sad observation?

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I think Miller was really drying to deconstruct the American dream through Willy. As readers, we quickly understand that Willy's version of the American dream is largely an illusion. Success, simply for its own sake, becomes a self-fulfilling failure. Willy wants his success quickly and easily without passion or pride. The spoils of his "success" never materialize. As Willie's illusion disintegrates, so does his identity built on that illusion.