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An Analysis of Different Aspects of the Play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller, 1948

When Arthur Miller wrote “Death of a Salesman” in 1948 he had just moved into a studio he had constructed in Roxbury, Connecticut. The play, written in just 6 weeks, instantly became a piece of classic literature when it was first performed on February 10th, 1949.

The short play tells the tale of depressive, deluded salesman Willy Loman and his well meaning sons and the struggle to come to terms with their dreams and aspirations. The story begins when his son Biff comes back to New York from Texas after working on a ranch for several months and finds his father slipping into a state of suicidal mania. Biff and Happy, his brother try to devise a business plan to sell sporting goods to give their father the satisfaction that his sons are becoming his definition of successful men. When they fail to get a loan, Biff gives a monologue about the evils of the American dream and how it is driving apart his family and taking men and turning them into complacent shadows of themselves when they could be doing something they enjoy and living a much more satisfactory lifestyle. In the end, Willy kills himself after sickeningly fantasizing about his family living off of his life insurance check.

The setting of the play, New York City, is characterized as a kill or be killed world of businessmen that Willy Loman just doesn’t quite fit into. He’s the “New England Man” at his firm of salesmen, and has

Death of a Salesman: Arthur Miller, 1948

When Arthur Miller wrote “Death of a Salesman” in 1948 he had just moved into a studio he had constructed in Roxbury, Connecticut. The play, written in just 6 weeks, instantly became a piece of classic literature when it was first performed on February 10th, 1949.
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