for English class we need to talk about Death of a Salesman and the american dream.
In Death of a Salesman there are three different versions of the American Dream. Willy believes that one can rise to the top simply by being popular and "well liked". He teaches this to his son, but this line of thinking does not work out well for either of them. Willy's brother, Ben, went about it another way. He believes that the American Dream is to work hard and gain something from putting everything into nothing. Unfortunately for him, his way of thinking has made him ruthless. He will do anything to best anyone, as we see when he fights Biff. Biff is able to redeem himself, or so he thinks. He does struggle with it some, but he understand that his father - who sold products which are never named or described - has the wrong idea. Biff decides to pursue a life of manual labor, as he believes that this will make him happiest.