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What is a good short story about the american dream to compare with Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman? What is a good short story about the american dream to compare with Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman?

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"The Secret Life of Walter Mitty" is a story about a person who escapes into fantasies in order to escape from the intolerable conditions of his dull life and his overbearing wife. 

"Sonny's Blues" might be a different direction to take. This is a story about a jazz musician who chooses to side-step reality (which is harsh in its racism, its lack of opportunities, it's failure to offer viable modes of identity) and does so by taking drugs. He is loved. He is talented. But he is running away. 

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"Soldier's Home" by Ernest Hemingway might work also.  The story is about a young soldier named Krebs who returns to his hometown (a week after all the other soldiers) without any kind of welcoming.  He tries half-heartedly to fit back into society.  Another story of, as stated above, "the American dream gone wrong."

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Upon reading your question, the short story that popped into my mind immediately was "Winter Dreams," by F. Scott Fitzgerald.  (Ironically, any of Fitzgerald's works would do.  He always seems to write about the American Dream, . . . or perhaps more appropriately, the American Dream gone wrong.)  An interesting comparison might be the idea of The American Dream of the Twenties: Achieved ("Winter Dreams") vs.  The American Dream of the Twenties: Unachieved (Death of a Salesman).  Ironically (or perhaps not so ironically?), both end with the same realization:  hollowness and shallowness.

Now to explain a little bit more about "Winter Dreams," so that you can decide if you would...

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