Do August Wilson and Arthur Miller, based on their respective plays, have the same vision of American Dream?Does, one play represent more hope than the other? Is one more critical of America than...

Do August Wilson and Arthur Miller, based on their respective plays, have the same vision of American Dream?

Does, one play represent more hope than the other? Is one more critical of America than the other, or are their messages similar? What larger meaning do the separate characters bring to given works?

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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

This is a phenomenal question.  Really, I had not thought about it until you brought it up.  Both discuss the reality and complications of the American Dream in different ways.  I think that both of them are discussing how painful dreams can be when there are social and economic barriers whose inertia cannot be overcome.  Troy and Wily are interesting characters because they both feel a certain animation of their dreams, but also present a certain level of pang about their accomplishment.  Both character present even more complexities when addressing the relationships with their sons.  Both artists might be suggesting that when one becomes so subsumed with their own conception of "the American Dream" so that little else, if anything, can be appreciated, there can be cataclysmic results to one's emotional state and connections.  I am not sure if one is more bleak than another.  They both are fairly dour in their depictions of reality, with both characters and families in tatters as a result of the convergence of poor personal decisions and social matrices that make dream accomplishment extremely challenging.