Summary Of Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, examines the destructive myth built around the American Dream and in it he offers an indictment on the American capitalist system. Through the protagonist, Willy Loman, Miller demonstrates the struggles of obtaining the American Dream in a shallow and materialistic capitalist society. However, throughout the drama we see that the main character, Willy doesn't even realize he is living in a capitalist society and continues to use the wrong methods to attain success and accomplish his version of American dream. In the end, it is Willys false beliefs that lead to his demise. The setting of the story takes place in Boston, and New York City (Miller 1429). In the beginning of the drama, the setting is described as a very stereotypical American household. In the home “there is a kitchen table with three chairs”, and “at the back of the kitchen there is a draped entrance, which leaders to the living room”. Also, “on a shelf over the bed a silver athletic trophy stands”(Miller 1429). The description of Willy Loman's home is used to illustrates the American capitalist dream of homeownership. In particular, the “silver authentic trophy”(Miller 1429) represents competition within the American capitalist system. However, the setting description also includes “towering angular shapes behind it, surround it on all sides”(Miller 1429). Ironically, what Willy wants most in life is freedom, but he is trapped in a society that is dominated by big
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