The other doubt cast on the American dream in Death of a Salesman is that the Loman men, despite their charm and good intentions, have not managed to succeed at all.
Miller demonstrates that the American dream leaves those who need a bit more community support, who cannot advocate for themselves as strongly, in the dust.
On one hand, Bernard's success is a demonstration of the idea in its purist and most optimistic form.
Through his own hard work and academic success, Bernard has become a well-respected lawyer.
The idea of the American dream is as old as America itself: the country has often been seen as an empty frontier to be explored and conquered.
Unlike the Old World, the New World had no social hierarchies, so a man could be whatever he wanted, rather than merely having the option of doing what his father did.
Focus upon the ideas of success and failure within the American Dream in relation to Miller’s portrayal of Willy’s idolisation of Biff and the effect this has on Biff’s life.
The term ‘The American Dream’ by its very nature is an unrealistic phrase.
The American Dream is closely tied up with the literary works of another author, Horatio Alger.
This author grew famous through his allegorical tales which were always based on the rags-to-riches model.