A Detailed Analysis of Death of a Salesman

1199 Words Mar 22nd, 2013 5 Pages
Jennifer Mills
Professor Usha Wahwani
English 102
1, April 2013
A Detailed Look at Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman has been accepted worldwide as one of the greatest American dramas to premier in theatre. The story behind the play is based on Miller’s interactions with his Uncle, a salesman whose efforts to obtain the “American Dream” and pass his success on to his two sons becomes his main focus. Miller’s life during the preparation of Death of a Salesman provides the spark and inspiration needed to pen a literary classic. Almost five decades later, Death of a Salesman’s themes is still relevant in today’s society.
Arthur Asher Miller was born October 17, 1915 in Harlem, New York City. Miller was the son of Isadora and
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Even the country shut down production of consumer goods to meet the needs of the war. The changes brought about an increase in industrial production. The labor force significantly increased. Almost a third of the country had a disposable income for the first time, a drastic change from nearly half of Americans suffering from poverty a year before. After the war the goal simply became developing an economy capable of providing an adequate livelihood to all its citizens, the “American Dream”. The 1940’s marks the rise of suburbs and the ideal “good life” or “American Dream” as many veterans returned home and purchased houses. In the late 1940’s and throughout the 1950’s, many pursued the “American Dream” of hard work rewarded by middle-class signs of success such as a house, a car, a college education, and household appliances. Miller wrote Act 1 of Death of a Salesman in less than twenty four hours, and completed the rest of the play within six weeks in a small studio built on his farm in Roxbury, Connecticut. Many believe the town was an ideal location for authors to settle down way from the public eye. Authors William Styron and Frank McCourt also found refuge in the New England farm town. Some suggest the peace that Roxbury provided Miller allowed him to pen Death of a Salesman, a literary classic. Today Miller’s estate contributes to about forty seven acres to the Roxbury Land Trust and Miller was laid to rest at Roxbury Center Cemetery in
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