What does the context of when it was written, connect to the message? THANKS!
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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman stems from both Arthur Miller's personal experiences and the theatrical traditions in which the playwright was schooled. The play recalls the traditions of Yiddish theater that focus on family as the crucial element, reducing most plot to the confines of the nuclear family. The breakdown of the nuclear family at a time when the nuclear family was part of the American dream was important. The illusion of the happy suburban American family would continue well into the 1950's yet Death of a Salesmen would remain a reminder of the folly of believing in the American dream.