Arthur Miller's Portrait Of Life

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It was in the beginning of sixteenth century that the English made their first successful settlement in North America. People of many nationalities such as French, Spanish, and other European communities began pouring into America. These settlers liked to be known as Americans. Some had come for shelter, some for adventure, and some for riches and wealth. In the beginning, they spent all their time in extending the frontiers and fought pitched battles with the original inhabitants, Red Indians to deprive them of their lands. They spent their time in cultivation. Thus, in the beginning, these settlers had no time for recreation and theatre. Moreover, Puritans among these settlers were sternly and strictly against theatrical performances. These …show more content…
Thus a drama is a reflection of life with a perfect fidelity to truth, without any preconceived object or philosophy. A dramatist who has seen much of life and has a wonderful varied experience of men and women around him, uses this knowledge to create a portrait of life, fashioned into beauty by his artistic imagination, feeling, language and similar attributes. Arthur Miller fits perfectly in this category, this is the reason why he is considered to be one of the topmost American playwrights of twentieth century American drama. He finds place of eminence with internationally recognised connoisseurs of American Drama, such as Eugene O’Neill (1888- 1953), Thornton Wilder (1897-1975), Clifford Odets (1906-1963), Tennessee Williams (1911-1983), and Edward Albee (b. 1928). Arthur Miller is universally been acknowledged as an eminent dramatist, not only in the context of American theatre but also in that of European drama. He is fully alive and responsive to the complex development of this genre in the West. His plays resonate with all the innovativeness of European dramatic conventions from the mid-nineteenth century, through the times of the new wave dramatists to the early seventies of the present century. Arthur Miller himself says, “Drama gains its weight as it deals with more and more of the whole man, not either his subjective or social life alone, and the Greek …show more content…
A great dramatist expresses in a profound and interesting manner the aspects of life that is not merely local and ephemeral but is of universal interest in context of space and time. Arthur Miller is one of those great dramatists and this art of him is clearly evident in his text Death of a Salesman.
Death of a Salesman has become the American tragedy for the twentieth century. Written in 1949, this play is not the saga of noble kings from prominent families but instead the story of Willy Loman, the patriarch of a middle-class family from Brooklyn. Willy, a sixty-three-year-old salesman, embodies a new type of tragic hero, and his family—devoted wife Linda and adult sons Biff and Happy—are the players who surround him on his last day on earth.
Miller in his own life saw such poverty that in his own words Miller makes reference to the hidden forces of life which are more powerful than the will or the effort of the individual. In modern times the same force is called by another name; Capitulation. It is the result of commercial values which –tends to eliminate man and shape his thoughts and

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