Death_of_a_salesman

Death_of_a_salesman - English 1B Professor Wilson October...

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English 1B Professor Wilson October 8 th , 2007 Essay 2 Arthur Miller – Death of a Salesman “Death of a Salesman” is a play written by Arthur Miller in 1949. He was an American playwright, essayist and famous for his plays such as “The Crucible”, “A View from the Bridge” or “All my Sons”. “Death of a Salesman” is about the American Dream and achieving wealth on the base of personal attractiveness versus hard work. The play portrays the life of Willy Loman who is a salesman in his sixties. In the first act, Willy comes home from a business trip telling his wife that he had trouble concentrating on the road and had to come home. He then asks about his oldest son Biff who is visiting them from the West. It is revealed that Willy had put all his hopes in Biff but that Biff let them down. Biff and his younger brother Happy learn from their mother that Willy tried to commit suicide because he no longer makes any sales on his business trips because the buyers do not know him and thus do not do business with him. The two brothers decide to open their own sporting goods store. In order to open in Biff wants to talk to his former employer to present him the idea. However, his former employer does not remember him and refuses to talk to him. Biff then realizes that his life has been a lie and that he always thought of himself better than he is. He finally talks to his dad and tells him that it is for the best to never see each other again since he cannot fulfill Willy’s dreams. Willy cannot face the fact that him and his family are only
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common people and not great leaders. Until the end, Willy believes in Biff and commits suicide in order to get the insurance money for Biff to start his own business. The play revolves around the theme that in order to be successful, it is necessary to be
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