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Death of a Salesman !
Arthur Millerís Death of a Salesman is a tragedy
whose theme is the tarnishing of the American Dream. We, as
Americans, have been conditioned to believe that beauty and
charisma constitute necessary virtues rather than mere traits,
and that appearances guarantee success. But most of us will go through our lives being
"ordinary" -- and thatís perfectly okay
according to most views.
not okay, however, for Willy Loman, the aging salesman who
is the protagonist of Millerís play. Although Willy is
the hero of this tragedy, he fails to be 'heroic' in the
conventional sense: that is, he does not save damsels in
distress or rescue small children from burning buildings.
He isnít even particularly admirable, except in his
tenacious adherence to his cockeyed ideals. For Willy
Loman, morality is not important; material success is --
personal attractiveness is, and chutzpah equally so.
a combination of various literary elements, Arthur Miller is
able to powerfully show the dissolution of a man whose
values have been shown to be futile and whose dreams have
turned to dust. Biff asserts that he and his father are
"a dime a dozen", but this Willy cannot accept.
Through this depiction of an ordinary American family,
Arthur Miller has given voice to all those trapped in the
same cycle as Willy Loman....