Using the perspective of Willy, a fictional, working class citizen, Miller picks apart the myth of the American Dream, exploring topics such as abandonment, betrayal, family dynamics, and using interesting symbolism along the way Willy wants everything that Boswell said plus he wants to be well liked, he wants the all important American Dream, and being better that those who surround him This idea of equality is criticized by both of the texts I will be comparing.
Willie is a sixty three-year-old salesman who has work his entire life to achieve the common goal of the American Dream.
Willy revisits the past not in an effort to sink into happy memories, but in an effort to analyze himself and understand where his life went wrong. Dave Singleman is his role model, he wants to become well liked and rich.
For example, Willy's favorite memory is of Biff's last football game because Biff vows to make a touchdown just for him. He is obsessed with the post-war interpretation of the American Dream. He truly wants to understand himself; part of his tragedy is that he is incapable of doing so.
Over and over, Miller shows how Willy plunges back into the past, stares uncomprehendingly at the errors he made, and then makes those identical errors in the present.
In some ways, Willy and his older son Biff seem trapped in a transitional period of American history.