Death of a Salesman

Willy Loman, the rotagonist of Death of a Salesman, has spent his life following the American ay, living out his belief in salesmanship as a pat to reinvent himself. But somehow the riches and respect he covets have eluded him. At age sixty-three, he searches for the moment his life took a wrong turn, the moment of betrayal that undermined his relationship with his girlfriend and destroyed his relationship with Biff, the wif in whom he invested his faith.

Miller 's masterpiece has steadily seen productions all ove rthe world since its 1949 debut. As he noted Miller scholar Christopher Bigsby states in his Introduction, " if Willy 's is an American dream, it is ofte a dream shared by all those who are ware of the gap between what they would have een and waht they are. "
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Death of a Salesman
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Published May 1st 1998 by Penguin Books (first published 1949

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It 's hardly a happy tory.

The tal about th troubled family.

hallucinating even? Present and past events or even imagined flow in and out of a retellin.

Willy ( with casual irritation): I aid nothing happened.

I just ould n't follow it, Linda ......

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He is a an who nderstands that this promise of the land of opportunity is misunderstood.

Interestingly, for those who re just trying to get buy, who do not b a fortune to thrive with; these people are the ones who often work the hardest to come to he nd of their life to ind out that they can not be given the opportunity that they were promised.A classic American tragedy, I sa that tha is one of he most important commentaries on the economic slump that still exists in our current society.

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Houses Covered by Leaves “ A melody is heard, played upon a flute.

In bot my rereadings I never thought much about hese things: the flute, the grass, the trees, the horizon.

Thi dream begins with a melody played upon a flute somewhere in South Dakota.

At the en of the dream Willy is four ears old.

His ather plays a flute he has carved with his own hands.

In he lov, Willy and his sons hunt snakes and rabbits in Brooklyn.

He ’ s proud of how his sons simonize the car.There are two elm trees where Willy and Biff hang a swing.

In reality, the trees are gone, the grass won ’ t grow, and the Loman house is boxed in by apartment buildings on both sides.

By he time the mortgage is paid, there ’ s no one left to live in thi mansio.

Houses boxed in by apartment buildings on either side.

“ nly the music of the violi is left on the darkening stage as over the house the hard towers of the apartment buildings rise into sharp focus, and The Curtain Falls ” ( 139) A Diamond, Shining in the DarkIn the end, I tell myself if Biff was right, if Willy “ had the wrong dreams ” ( 138).

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Lover ar a dark side, and Death of a Salesman makes that painfully obvious.Willy Loman, like som of us, just decide to be successful.

Willy thinks that success is measured in wealth, and thi key to hat is being well-liked.

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As the bright light of that paradisal dawn left my world on its ceaseless journey west, I demanded to think Paradise was over for me- at least until the fat lady started to sing ... And way back in 1960, I sat next to my Mom on a gleaming- though already antiquated- little post-war twin-prop ‘ aeroplane ’ to Toronto.The smiling and immaculately pageboy ’ d stewardess handed out little plastic twin-propped replicas of the airship she was so glad of- to all the jubilant kids on board, in fact- as well as new Life Magazines crammed with photos ( many of them in FULL COLOUR) of the laughing JFK and Jackie.The dour, staid, grim Fifties were over! Prosperity and the American Dream had RETURNED.The changes in families we knew were possibl.

Love and caring and honesty became very much less in evidence ... The American Dream was back, and he simple, magical dreams of our childhood were swallowed up in this new world of fast, cheap plastic entertainment and values.We kids felt cheated.We had LOST something valuable and extremely important.And just as suddenly ...

WE felt lost.Now, Willy Loman wanted his son to care- but to care about the American Dream- and not about its core values.

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Our third episode is devoted to Death of a Salesman, which -- LAWYER: Hold it right there.ME: I 'm sorry?

We 've seen it with Kathy Griffin, we 've seen it with that disgusting production of Julius Caesar and now you -- ME: But I 'm not.LAWYER: You 're not advocating violence against Donald Trump? ME: No, not at all.LAWYER: You nee to convince, Dr Rayner.

ell me, if you learned tomorrow that Trump had been shot, how wil you react? ME: Well, I ust admit that my first reaction would be delighted surprise ... LAWYER: Ha!

Much as I dislike Trump, I fee he 's more valuable to us alive.LAWYER: You 'll wan to explain that.ME: Well, Trump is such a vile, universally despised excuse for a human being that everything he touches is automatically discredited in the nose of a good two-thirds of the world 's population.

Do you, personally, like Donald Trump? LAWYER: I esent this question.

Needless to say, I have the highest respect for -- ME: I should add that one of my Goodreads friends goes to the same hairdresser as your wife.LAWYER: I -- uh -- ME: o I guess what you really think of him. [ Pause ] LAWYER: Okay, okay.

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