Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman Essay

1760 Words May 24th, 2016 8 Pages
Many Americans despised Karl Marx as soon as his political theory gained international attention. However, some did support Marx’s theory, even while it was considered radical. Those defined as some include world-renowned playwright, Arthur Miller. In his famous play, Death of a Salesman, the main character, Willy Loman, and his family fail to achieve the American dream. In Miller’s opinion, the Loman family’s vision of the American dream is unrealistic in a Capitalist society, but their vision is much more likely to come true in a Marxist society. Arthur Miller displays his support of Marxism in Death of a Salesman by showing how Capitalism fails due to economic imbalance. In the play, the setting presents immense towers which represent the dominance of wealth and power to contrast the weakness of the small Loman house (Miller 1). The Loman house represents the lower class and how the lower class gets trampled upon by the dark, sickening shadows of wealth. Literary critic Helge Nilsen provides support for this claim and expands upon it when stating, “The people in the house are threatened and overwhelmed by the tall buildings, symbols of the crushing power of those who win out in a Capitalist struggle that has no room for failures and losers” (153). Nilsen goes into further detail about how Capitalism doesn’t allow the weak links to have a chance at success. The weak links, specifically the Loman family, are dominated by the intimidating setting. This shows a weakness in…

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