Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman Essay

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Success, Passion, and the American Dream in Death of a Salesman As protagonist Willy Loman tumbles down the stairs of despair and defeat, Arthur Miller seizes the moment and masterfully crafts his 1949 Pulitzer Prize winning play: Death of a Salesman (Charters 1428). Miller creates an environment that reflects mid-twentieth century America and establishes characters that are frighteningly realistic. The Loman family as a whole is the central source of theme in the play. Their struggles as a family, and particularly Willy’s struggle regarding the “American Dream,” lead to a concise theme that discusses living with regret. This allows Arthur Miller to offer a pessimistic, yet authentic perspective on the modern American Dream. Miller presents the aging protagonist, Willy Loman, as a tragic hero. Willy becomes his own demise, both literally and figuratively, and seems to be reluctant to admit his mistakes and failure. This results in a troubling character flaw. Miller makes it obvious that Willy possesses this flaw early, during an exchange between Willy and his wife Linda. “You didn’t smash the car, did you?” (1430) asks Linda, to which Willy replies with: “I said nothing happened. Didn’t you hear me?” (1430). Here, Willy is blatantly irritated about his mistake while driving (1430). Willy has some apparent frustration that is more than likely caused by his job. He is, at best, considered a mediocre salesman. Willy even goes so far as to lie to his boss, Howard, about his…

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