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Unformatted text preview: Plays DEATH OF A SALESMAN ARTHUR MILLER Arthur Miller (playwright)- Parents were jewish immigrants from Poland.- Moved to a small house in Brooklyn- Possibly the reversal of fortune that inspired his plays.- Was investigated by MccARTHY in 1956 for being a commie.- Marilyn Monroe married 1956-1961- Him and Tennessee Williams were the most influential American playwrights following WW2- THOUGHT OF as a moralist and dramatist- Plays deal with individuals responsibility in the face of societys emphasis on such false values as material success and personal happiness at any price. o All my sons 1947 o Death of a salesman 1949 o The crucible 1953 o A view from the bridge 1955 Death of a Salesman Certain Private Conversations and A Requiem.- A modern tragedy of the common man- Blended realism and expressionism- Selected physical elements of the world of willy loman which symbolize his downfall (the refrigerator, the tape recorder, biffs trophy) to underline the thematic concerns.- 24 hour play Recurring ideas/Themes- Being well liked is the most important trait a man can have- Time running out- Stealing, lying- Cry for attention- Finding oneself- Guilt- Illusion v. reality- Hard work v. being well liked- Myth of the American dream Quotes Willy- I have such thoughts, I have such feelings- the woods are burning- you cant eat the orange and throw the peel away a man is not a piece of fruit.- biff- he likes me! Biff- I dont know what the future is. I dont know, with Im supposed to want.- weve been talking in a dream for fifteen years. I was a shipping clerk.- will you let me go for Christs sake? Will you take that phony dream and burn it before something happens? Happy-...
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