Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman: Review

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Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” is a tragic play that reflects on dreams of ordinary American citizens in post-war era. After the Second World War, United States economy was on the rise; therefore many people received an opportunity to achieve the “American Dream”. During this time, Arthur Miller wrote his play where he provided an example of an ambiguous middle class man and his collapse. By doing so, he broke the rules of the tragic play writing. The rules were set by the Greek philosopher Aristotle, which were to construct the plot that is based on the powerful people and their further downfall. The main character, Willey Loman spends all his life hunting down his life dream. His life goal is to be successful, well-liked salesman. However, in pursue of his dream, Willey reached insanity which lead to his suicide due to his over ambitious targets. Death of a salesman is a satire on human ambitious and human failures that are tied together with family collapse and betrayal and disappointment of the surrounding world. In this essay I would like to focus on the passage from the begging of the play. It demonstrates Willey’s first major flashback where it becomes progressively clear that the salesman losing his mind (pagessss). This is the cornerstone that leads towards the death of Willey. In the soliloquy, Willy starts as a successful person in his own eyes and his family. He claims that soon he will have his own business and he never will have to leave home. Willy has a dream to become well- liked and respected person, it is very important for him that he is on the right track towards his goal. He shapes the details of his dream as a fact in conversation with his children “Bigger than Uncle Charley! Because Charley is not – liked. [...] he is not well-liked” (Miller 23). The respect given by other people is very significant for Willey, he craves it. Arthur Miller underlines it: “[...] and I went north to Providence. Met the Mayor. [...] And then he had...
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