Arthur Miller´s Death of A Salesman: A Commentary

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Arthur Miller Born on October 17, 1915 in Harlem, New York. Arthur Miller was raised in a moderately household until his family lost almost everything in the Wall Street Crash of 1929. They moved from the upper east side in Manhattan to Gravesend, Brooklyn. After graduating from high school, Miller worked little jobs so that he can save up money to attend the University of Michigan. Arthur Miller took courses with playwright professor Kenneth Rowe. Rowe taught his students how to construct a play in order to achieve an intended effect. Miller moved back east to begin his career. All My Sons achieved success on Broadway, and…show more content…
Linda Loman is Willy’s loyal, loving wife. Linda suffers through Willy’s grandiose dreams and self-delusions. Happy Loman is Willy’s thirty-two-year-old younger son, has lived in Biff’s shadow all of his life, but he reimburses by nurturing his ruthless sex drive and professional ambition. Happy represents Willy’s sense of self-importance, ambition, and blind servitude to societal expectations. Charley is Willy’s next-door neighbor. Charley owns a successful business and his son, Bernard, is a wealthy, important lawyer. Willy is jealous of Charley’s success. Charley gives Willy money to pay his bills, and Willy reveals at one point, choking back tears, that Charley is his only friend. Ben is Willy’s wealthy older brother. Ben has lately died and appears only in Willy’s “daydreams.” Willy considers Ben as a symbol of the success that he so badly craves for himself and his sons. The Woman isWilly’s mistress when Happy and Biff were in high school. Howard Wagner is Willy’s boss. Howard inherited the company from his father. Stanley is a waiter at Frank’s Chop House. Miss Forsythe and Letta are the two young women whom Happy and Biff meet at Frank’s Chop House. The protagonist is Willy Loman. The antagonists are Biff Loman and the American Dream. Some themes I’ve notice in this play: The American Dream; abandonment; betrayal. Willy believes entirely in what he considers the promise of the American Dream. Willy’s blind
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