Critical Review Of Arthur Miller'sDeath Of A Salesman?

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Approaching the seventieth anniversary of its publication, Arthur Miller’s play, “Death of a Salesman”, continues to enrich the minds of those who read or see a production of it. Miller’s work maintains its relevance even today. Critics and academics differ in their views of the play. Some proclaim the piece as transcendent; it is still read, taught and performed almost seven decades after its release. Others declare that the play is flawed, unrealistic and difficult to follow due to Miller’s employment of an ebbing and flowing timeline. The frenetic pacing between past and present can be confusing and schizophrenic. One critic is insulting in his view of the play. “Death of a Salesman’s failure … lies in the failure of its intellectual content and order” (Foster 87-88). The playwright is unaffected by such criticism as it comes from those accustomed to the traditional model of playwrighting. Arthur Miller has changed the rules as happens with progress. Arthur Miller asserts its transcendence in an interview for the fiftieth anniversary of the play (Kullman 1). Miller pointed out that the play had performed in different countries and cross-culturally. Miller went on to assert that “Death of a Salesman” works when the performers are on point (Kullman 2). Miller deliberately created the characters of Willy Loman and his family without race or culture, which results in the play’s popularity and longevity. Many people can relate to the characters of this play. Considering the
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