Essay on Arthur Asher Miller 's ' No Villain '

1600 Words Apr 19th, 2016 7 Pages
Arthur Asher Miller (1915-2005), an acclaimed 20th century American play and screen writer, most famous for conflicting guilt and hope within characters in his plays. Miller, born on October 17, 1915, in Harlem, New York City into a family of immigrants from Polish and Jewish descents, Miller had spent most of his youth surrounded by literature. With his mother, which whom he was very close to, being an educator and a novel enthusiast. After graduating high school Miller began working to save up and attend the University of Michigan. Once there, Miller majored in journalism and soon after wrote his first play ‘No Villain’. From there Miller received many awards and began to take interest into playwriting. Miller then switched his major and began taking seminars to improve his playwriting skills and begin his career as a playwright. After marrying his ex-wife Mary Grace Slattery in 1940, Millers career began to skyrocket, with his American classic ‘Death of a Salesman’ hitting the stage. Influenced by the great depression, Miller played with people’s dissatisfaction and unrest of the American dream. In ‘Death of a Salesmen’ Miller uses characters, language and symbolism to illustrate the theme of lacking an awareness of reality.
In ‘Death of a Salesman’ Miller manipulates the characters to illustrate the theme of the play. For example, the character Willy Loman, when he discusses his American dreams to his sons, Biff and Happy. In ‘Death of a Salesman’ while reassuring…

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