Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Essay

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Death of a Salesman

Death of a salesman is a literature play written by American author Arthur Miller. The play was first published in the year 1949 and premiered on Broadway in the same year. Since then, it has had several performances. It has also received a lot of accordances and won numerous awards for its literature merit including the coveted Pulitzer for drama. The play is regarded by many critics as the perfect representation of the failures of the American dream. It is considered as one of the greatest plays of all time. In the play, we see how the writer tries to illustrate the distance between; reality and illusion, understanding and lack of it, isolation and the thought of being so. The story in the play is not only intricate since it combines the past and the present but also grows from a lifetime of denial lies. The main character of the play Wily Lowman, is caught up in the ‘American Dream’ which consist of an actual and resolute belief that through hard work and determination you can achieve anything you want in The United States of America despite your background and wealth status. However, Arthur Miller differs and believes that the ‘American dream’ is a misguided notion and hence the death of a salesman is a moving destruction of the whole idea. (Carson, 10)

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Willy Lowman has been a traveling salesman for Wagner Company where he has

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