master's thesis
The Pursuit of the Almighty Dollar: Salesmen in American Drama and Cinema

Mario Iličić (2016)
TitleThe Pursuit of the Almighty Dollar: Salesmen in American Drama and Cinema
AuthorMario Iličić
Mentor(s)Jasna Poljak Rehlicki (thesis advisor)
This paper presents an analysis of salesmen in Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman (1958), David Mamet's play Glengarry Glen Ross (1984), and in the movies The Pursuit of Happyness1 (2006) and The Wolf of Wall Street (2013), all of who were competing in a cruel world of trade and commerce with the aim of achieving the American Dream. The theoretical framework of the paper firstly discusses the political circumstances in England which consequently led to the creation of the American Dream in the New World. Furthermore, it analyzes its characteristics and shows that there were various versions of the American Dream throughout the history, depending on the political situation in the country, but also depending on the opinions and attitudes of people themselves. The main part of the paper analyzes the characters of the plays and the movies by discussing their ethics, language and communication, and attitude towards business and family, referring to Jim Cullen’s versions of the American Dream, in order to show that there are characters who succeeded in the rat race of the American Dream but that there are also those who got crushed under the pressure of it. In addition, the characters of the plays and the movies show a contrast when it comes to the characteristics of the American Dream because they were all written at a different time. Lastly, the paper reaches the conclusion by stating that the American Dream corroded over the years, meaning that the realization of the dream has completely changed. Nowadays, many people resort to crime and other illegal actions in order to actually achieve the dream and live a life worthy of their labor.
Parallel title (Croatian)Potraga za svemogućim dolarom: prodavači u američkoj drami i filmu
Committee MembersLjubica Matek (committee chairperson)
Jasna Poljak Rehlicki (committee member)
Jadranka Zlomislić (committee member)
GranterSveučilište Josipa Jurja Strossmayera u Osijeku
Filozofski fakultet
Scientific field, discipline, subdisciplineHUMANISTIC SCIENCES
Theory and History of Literature
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelgraduate
Study programmeEnglish Language and Literature (double major); specializations in: Teacher Training, Translation and Interpreting Studies, Philology
Study specializationTeacher Training
Academic title abbreviationmag. philol. angl.
Study programme typeuniversity
Study levelgraduate
Study programmePedagogy (double major)
Academic title abbreviationmag. paed.
Genremaster's thesis
Language English
Defense date2016-06-27
Parallel keywords (Croatian)American Dream salesmen ethics language business success achieve equality opportunity
Resource typetext
Access conditionOpen access
Terms of use
CommitterBernardica Plašćak