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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Ashley Kannan eNotes educator| Certified Educator

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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eslamgewshy | Student

the american dream is closely related to arthur miller'(death of a salesman).willy,the protagonist,has adifferent view about American Dream.he thinks that success is so easy to come,just be 'well liked' and you will catch anything in life and ensue success.all his measures about the american dream are materialistic,to gain much money and good family mean that you achieve success.on the hand,his son Biff,has adifferent opinion about success,his view about the American Dream contain passions and feelings,he believes that the real success in life is to happy and comfortable,not to just cllect piles of dollars.

from my point of view.the idea of the american dream is considered to be the major message in (death of a salesman),miller wants ,through his play,to expose the consequences of the materialistic american dream._willy lives and dies for the illusion of the american dream,his american dream.

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