How does the American Dream negatively affect Willy Loman?

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The American Dream is a construct, often considered also as a philosophy of life, in which the individual hopes that hard work will be rewarded with a good lifestyle, and that every effort to build a high quality of life will bring on positive results. However, each individual has his or her own view of the American Dream. As a construct, people create their own vision of what the dream means to them. Hence, Willy's dream and someone else's dream will not be the same.

The problem with Willy's life, as a whole, is that he models it around the life of a successful man named Dave Singleman, a well-known salesman who supposedly made millions "out of his hotel room". Willy remembers the great amount of people attending Singleman's funeral. This is when he concludes that, being like...

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