How does Arthur Miller use style to convey the theme of the "American Dream" in Death of a Salesman?

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Arthur Miller's style in Death of a Salesman can be linked to what he wrote about...

On the whole, his works are about an individual’s struggle with an oftentimes indifferent, harsh, or irrational society...

An author's style will often reflect his tone, and as Miller wrote about the "individual's struggle," we can infer that his style makes use of language that demonstrates the struggles between the characters. Words like "terse," "abrupt" and "argumentative" come to mind.

Style is defined as...

...the writer’s choice of words, figures of speech, devices,...

It deals with "expression in writing and speaking."

The use of this kind of language can be seen between Willy Loman and his son Biff. Willy and Biff interact very different than Willy and Linda: but the style is the same. Willy picks at Biff, while he dismisses Linda. There is a great deal of frustration, poor communication and resentment between the characters. Biff is torn between wanting to live up to his father's expectations...

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