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Death of a Salesman

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Rachel Bohni

on 12 February 2015

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman

I wanted to be cool, and I wanted to fit in,
I wanted what he had, America, it begins.

We want what we can't have, commodity makes us want it

I'm and individual, yea, but I'm part of a movement
My movement told me to be a consumer and I consumed

Strangled by these laces, laces I can barely talk
That's my air bubble and I'm lost, if it pops

We are what we wear, we wear what we are
But see I look inside the mirror and think Phil Knight tricked us all

Will I stand for change, or stay in my box
These Nikes help me define me, but I'm trying to take mine, off

Macklemore, 'Wings'
“The American Dream has become a death sentence of drudgery, consumerism, and fatalism: a garage sale where the best of the human spirit is bartered away for comfort, obedience and trinkets. It's unequivocally absurd.” Zoltan Istvan

"American Civilization had moved from the
existential sanction of the frontier to the abstract ubiquitous sanction of the dollar bill" Norman Mailer

"People are so busy dreaming the American Dream, fantasizing about what they could be or have a right to be, that they're all asleep at the switch. Consequently we are living in the Age of Human Error." Florence King

Death of a Salesman
The Dream as it should be dreamt
Miller's clues to modern-day despondency, malaise and depression
"life should be better and richer and fuller for everyone, with opportunity for each according to ability or achievement."
James Truslow Adams "The Epic of America"
WILLY: ... it’s not what you do, Ben. It’s who you know and the smile on your face! It’s contacts, Ben, contacts! ... that’s the wonder, the wonder of this country, that a man can end with diamonds here on the basis of being liked! ... all the doors will open to him! I’ve
seen it, Ben, I’ve seen it a thousand times!
What - what's the secret?
"The American dream involved some pretty basic stuff, a good job where you felt some security, a good education," Obama said in an interview with Kindle Singles. "People felt if they worked hard they could get there, I don't think people went around saying to themselves, 'I need to have a 10,000-square-foot house' ... I think there has also been a shift in culture. We weren't exposed to the things we didn't have in the same way that kids these days are. There was not that window into the lifestyles of the rich and famous. Kids weren't monitoring every day what Kim Kardashian was wearing or where Kanye West was going on vacation and thinking that somehow that was the mark of success."
Miller saw the American Dream as a kind of curse, for it led us to mistake ambition for destiny, and to suffer the inevitable slump and crumble when reality makes mock of the dream.
Richard Corliss, Time magazine journalist.
I've tried to cut these corners
Try to take the easy way out
I kept on falling short of something

I coulda gave up then but
Then again I couldn't have 'cause
I've traveled all this way for something
"this time of year it was lilac and wisteria. And then the peonies would come out, and the daffodils. What fragrance in this room!"
"It takes all the running you can do, to keep in the same place." Through the Looking Glass, Lewis Carroll
Origin of the word lost
Advertising is based on happiness.
We make the lie, we invent the want..
“I’m just giving of my body on the stage and putting my life at risk, literally. And I think about it. I think about my family and I’m like, wow, this is like being a police officer or something, in war or something.” Kanye West
See those pallets piled up on the loading dock
They’re just gonna sit there ‘til they rot
‘Cause there’s nothing to ship, nothing to pack
Just busted concrete and rusted tracks
Empty storefronts around the square
There’s a needle in the gutter and glass everywhere
You don’t come down here unless you’re looking to score
We can’t make it here anymore

The bar’s still open but man it’s slow
The tip jar’s light and the register’s low
The bartender don’t have much to say
The regular crowd gets thinner each day
Some have maxed out all their credit cards
Some are working two jobs and living in cars
Minimum wage won’t pay for a roof, won’t pay for a drink
If you gotta have proof just try it yourself Mr. CEO
See how far $5.15 an hour will go
Take a part time job at one your stores
Bet you can’t make it here anymore
How Many Times, Have u Heard Someone Say,
If I Had Money, I Would Do Things My Way.
But Little They Know, That It's So Hard To Find
One Rich Man In Ten, With A Satisfied Mind.

Money Can't Buy Back, All Your Youth When Your Old
A Friend When Your Lonley, Or Peace To Your Soul
The Wealtiest Person, Is A Pauper At Times
Compared To The Man, With a Satisfied Mind.

When My Life Is Over, And My Time Has Run Out,
My Friends and My Lovers, I Will Leave, Theres No Doubt
But One Things For Certain, When It Comes My Time
I'll Leave This Old World With A Satisfied Mind
But One Things For Certain, When It Comes My Time, Oh Yeah
I'll Leave This Old World With A Satisfied Mind mind mind, mind mind,
Satisfied Mind.
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