Material happiness and comfort provides the ambition behind seeking the "American Dream." In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman's determination to live up to his "American Dream" and to seek material happiness only takes his life and ruins his family. Willyâ€™s quest for the American Dream leads to his failure because throughout his life, he pursues the illusion of the American Dream and not the reality of it. .
What is the "American Dream"? The "American Dream" is hard to define. I know that my "American Dream" consists of a Range Rover, a large house in paradise, and a happy family. Willy Loman's definition does not differ greatly from mine although while trying to pursue this dream, Willy loses his mind. The "American Dream" is the idea that any man or woman can make his or her own fortune, despite his or her past. Regardless of the goal one works towards, it all comes down to success. Success includes getting ahead at work and school, and the goal of attaining wealth, power, and prestige. Without success why would anyone want to do anything? You would think that success is free to every American, but it is not. Success is afforded or denied to a person if they qualify. In Death of a Salesman, I believe Willy Loman was not successful in anything he did because he lived in his own world believing that being "well liked" and personable will be enough to ensure his success. Willy was wrong.
In the story Seize the Day wealth is the â€œAmerican Dream.â€ Wealth is important to everyone in America. Although you cannot attribute happiness to wealth, you can buy things and live comfortably, which a lot of people believe is the epitome of the â€œAmerican Dream.â€ The main character in Seize the Day is Tommy Wilhelm the son of a rich successful doctor. Tommy is a salesman experiencing a mid life crisis. Heâ€™s unemployed, has no money and feels unloved.