Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (Dialogue) by Eric J. Sterling

By Eric J. Sterling

Arthur Miller's dying of a salesperson, the 3rd quantity within the discussion sequence, covers six significant and arguable themes facing Miller's vintage play. the subjects contain feminism and the function of ladies within the drama, the yank Dream, company and capitalism, the importance of expertise, the legacy that Willy leaves to Biff, and Miller's use of symbolism. The authors of the essays contain well-known Arthur Miller students reminiscent of Terry Otten and the overdue Steven Centola in addition to younger, rising students. the various essays, really those written through the rising students, are likely to hire literary concept whereas those through the confirmed students are inclined to illustrate the strengths of conventional feedback via examining the textual content heavily. it truly is attention-grabbing to work out how students at assorted phases in their educational careers process a given subject from specific views and infrequently diversified methodologies. The essays supply insightful and provocative readings of demise of a salesperson in a suite that may turn out rather helpful to students and scholars of Miller's most famed play.

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4. Kullman, Colby H. “Death of a Salesman at Fifty: An Interview with Arthur Miller” in Michigan Quarterly Review (A Special Issue: Arthur Miller) 37 (1998): 817–827. Mason, Jeffrey D. “Paper Dolls: Melodrama and Sexual Politics in Arthur Miller’s Early Plays” in Feminist Rereadings of Modern American Drama. June Schlueter, ed. Rutherford, NJ: Fairleigh Dickinson UP, 1989. (103–115) McDonough, Carla J. Staging Masculinity: Male Identity in Contemporary American Drama. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 1997.

For like Emerson, Twain, Fitzgerald, and other great writers in the American procession, Miller recognized that the dream of America is more than just an American Dream.

It is no accident that Miller recalls receiving letters from women who “made it clear that the central character of the play was Linda” (Theater Essays 141). She sustains Willy, fully aware of his desperation. She knows that he “borrows” fifty dollars a week from Charley to pretend that he can still bring home a salary. She knows that he lives in a world of illusions, and she herself struggles to maintain them in order to protect him from a reality too harsh to bear. Her love is ruthless and absolute.

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