Compare & Contrast Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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1949: Post-World War n economic growth combined with advertisements promising the American Dream created widespread optimism among Americans with hopes of attaining material wealth.

Today: An unpredictable economic climate coupled with a more media-savvy public has created an environment of cynicism and doubt regarding the validity of the American Dream.

1949: The German Federal Republic (West Germany) is established and the German Democratic Republic (East Germany) is established under Soviet control, effectively splitting the country following its defeat during World War II.

Today: Germany was reunified in 1990, and has shown a steady increase in economic and cultural stature in the world.

1949: The era of smooth-talking sales, when powers of persuasion often overshadowed knowledge and ability, was ending, giving way to careers requiring training and specialized knowledge.

Today: The advent of "infomercials" and multi-media accessibility has sparked a resurgence in slick showmanship and sales techniques reliant on gimmickry.

1949: National Academy...

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