Death of a Salesman
This play was written by Arthur Miller in 1949. Miller was born in New York City in 1915. He never did well in high school, even though his father was a teacher. He was all for the sports, much like Biff in Death of a Salesman. He worked in an automot-ive parts company to pay his way through the University of Michigan. He graduated in 1938, majoring in journalism and completed hisfirst play, All My Sons, in 1947. Miller finished Death of a Salesman in 1949 and earned Miller a Pulitzer Prize for Drama that year as well as a New York Drama Critics Circle Award which received 742 Broadway shows. The play is set in the olden-day New York City. Like many of Miller’s tragedies, this book illustrates the outcome of the dreamers world.
The main character is Willy Loman, a sixty-year-old traveling salesman, who has been having trouble because he can’t seem to keep his mind on the present. He keeps drifting back and forth between reality and old memories, as if looking for where exactlyhis life went wrong. He recently was demoted to commissions salesman, as he was atfirst in his career. Willy begins to wonder what missed opportunity or wrong turn led his life to a dismal state of being. Willy always believed that being well liked was the key to success “…it’s not what you know, it’s who you know.”. But as he ages, he realizes that the only things you can count on are the things you can touch. You can’t touch appointments and half-hearted sentiments. This was something that his brother, Ben, a man independently wealthy by the age of twenty-one, tried to tell him years ago. Ben’s been past on for quite some time and appears to Willy in his thoughts. Despite his brothers advice, Willy insisted that his success would come from being well known.
Throughout his fatherhood, Willy attempted to show his sons the key to success and to prepare them,especially Biff, his oldest son, for excellence in the business world….