Arthur Miller Influences

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Arthur Miller once spoke the very wise words that "maybe all one can do is hope to end up

with the right regrets." Words that rang true in most of his plays. ''Death of a Salesman'', ''All My

Sons'', ''The Crucible'', besides being personal tragedies are also commentaries on society.

Stories that transcended themselves from being personal to being able to speak in one way or

form and hit home to all. Arthur Miller didn't write make believe or fairytales, he wrote about

reality, about real people with real problems. Who at the end of it all had regrets, but just had to

deal with them. For writing the truth he would one day be black listed and persecuted against,

but that wouldn't be the end of him.

The Great Depression, mccarthyism, his own father, society, coming up in a broken home

and much more were all key factors that influenced Arthur Miller greatly. One key factor found

in all his plays were that they were very realistic. He wrote of real people, with real problems

and having to solve them. What influenced Arthur Miller is the question, but their is no one

answer. He wasn't quite like other play wrights their key things that are obvious to any reader

that made an impact on him and shown through his writings. But overall things from everyday

life influenced him. Mccarthyism and the fear of communism were key factors in writing ''The Crucible'', The American Dream helped him write ''Death of a Salesman'' and so on and so

forth. His influences are countless, but all speak to you of the greatest.

Death of a Salesman, which opened in 1949, tells the story of Willy Loman, an aging

salesman who makes his way "on a smile and a shoeshine." Miller lifts Willy's illusions and

failures, his anguish and his family relationships, to the scale of a tragic hero. ''Death of a

Salesman'' has been called the tragedy of the common man. Its an inside look at how the

chase of the american dream can break a household, or in Willy Loman's case their

eventual demise. In the play Miller wrote,

"Willy Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the papers he's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being and a terrible thing is happening to him''

Something Arthur Miller truly knew all about. A rags to riches story, Miller truly understood Willy

Loman, not only as a character that he created but as a person. Relating to his plight. Growing

up during the Great Depression he knew all about working and aiming for the American

Dream. Arthur Miller understood working hard, before school he would deliver bread every

morning to help his family and worked to pay his college tuition. Like most

americans he had the tragic life of working 9hours a day 6days a week. The life that Willy

Loman had, the story of the average american chasing nothing more then an illusion. Though

nearly unattainable, to this day people are chasing the dream of having more, a big home, a

nice car and all he riches of the world and travel from every corner of the globe to America in

hopes of it. But even if you do by a miracle make it, you'll lose so much more. Like Willy said
''Figure it out. Work a lifetime to pay for a house, you finally own it, and
there's no one to live in it."

This is a story that any generation can relate to. ''Death of a Salesman'' is the common mans

tragedy, and Willy Loman was the common man. Someone all can relate to. Arthur Miller

himself could probably have related to him. A story so realistic, expressing social ideas and

issues. A play that you can tell Arthur Miller, was inspired by his own life and experiences but

also influenced by norwegian writer Henrik Ibsen. Who Arthur Miller has said in countless

interviews, time after time had always inspired him to break the mold of what was socially...
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