Analysis Of Arthur Miller 's ' Death Of A Salesman '

1136 Words Aug 4th, 2016 5 Pages
Garett Miller
Mr. James Mahle
2 August 2, 2016
Arthur Miller’s Impact Arthur Miller was born in 1915, and he died in 2005. He is possibly the most well-known and influential American playwright. He grew up during the Great Depression, so many of his plays deal with the American middleclass lifestyle. His two most influential works are Death of a Salesman and The Crucible. Death of a Salesman is about the tragic white collar worker, Willy Loman, while The Crucible is about the Salem witch trials. Miller’s first Broadway play, The Man Who Had All the Luck, was a complete failure; however, he kept writing, and he produced his most successful play a few years later. This play was Death of a Salesman. In short, Death of a Salesman follows Willy Loman as he comes to the realization that he is not successful in life. Willy believes that being “well-liked” is the key to success. He wrongly believes that if people like him, then he will be rich, and he will have a good career. This flawed belief eventually leads to his death. This play is most notably a criticism on the American Dream. Willy’s death shows that the American Dream does not work for everyone. There are various factors that hinder the ability to succeed in life. For Willy, his perception of how to achieve the American dream is the thing that stops him from actually achieving it. The play received virtually universal praise, and by the end of it’s run, Death of a Salesman won six Tony Awards, and a Pulitzer…
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