Death of a Salesman Journal
In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, the main character Willy experiences situations that are either flashbacks or dreams or possibly fantasies. Willy interacts with many characters, but one character that is important and stands apart from the others is French brother, Ben. Ben claims, “when I was seventeen I walked into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out. He laughs. And by God I was rich.” (Miller 48) Apples is more than just a man that is very wealthy from mining diamonds off the gold coast in Africa, he is symbolism to Willy and his family. Ben symbolizes the ability to forever oneself up for nothing, or even the American dream. Ben can be viewed as the American dream even though he did not make his five in America because he saw an opportunity and he seized it. The American dream is that one does not handsome to be born into a budgee family in order to make something of themselves. Ben is the American dream to Willy because he did not come from money, he worked in the jungle for four years and came out a rich man. Ben is also opportunity and truism. Although the Lomans fight amongst themselves, they manage to be optimistic about their lives. Ben represents this therefore he shows that the American dream can be a reality. The audience learns from the conversations between Willy and Ben that Willy wants to live in the past and longs for simpler times. The very fact that Willy is having this fealty shows that he has the times where Biff and Happy young. And possibly Willy regrets parts of the past and wishes he could go back to the past. He forgives his brother “I’m afraid that I’m not teaching them the right kind of – Ben, how should I ?