The American Dream

Biff seems driven to steal. Why? What personal or family reasons are there? What, if any, societal reasons?
Willy seems constantly badgered by machines (his cars, the washer, the refrigerator, the wire recorder, etc.), yet Charley remarks that Willy was “a happy man with a batch of cement,” and Willy desperately wants to grow things and laments, “I don’t have a thing in the ground.” What positive and negative values are suggested by these details? How do they relate to the vocation of “selling”?
The drama never mentions what Willy sells. Why not?
Several characters in the play are searching for the American Dream. What is Willy’s definition of this dream? Happy’s? Biff’s? Linda’s? Charley’s? Howard’s? What characters appear to share the same vision?

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