How is the American Dream related to Death of a Salesman?  How does it relates to some other characters in the book?

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The drive in achieving the American Dream plays a large role in Miller's work.  Wily Loman is animated by the achievement of this vision, to the point where he places more primacy on accomplishing this than anything else.  For Wily, the American Dream consists of a heavy dose of materialism.  Economic success in his life through professional success as well as amassing personal wealth become the driving forces in his life.  Wily is trapped under its weight when he recognizes that he has failed at this endeavor.  The pursuit of the American Dream and the faiure of not having achieved it helps to reinforce the idea that the American Dream must be pursued in conjunction with other elements and not be pursued on solely materialist ends.

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