The title, Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman, part of Chelsea House Publishers Modern Critical Interpretations series, presents the most important 20th-century criticism on Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman through extracts of critical essays by well-known literary critics. This collection of criticism also features a short biography on Arthur Miller, a chronology of the authors life, and an introductory essay written by Harold Bloom, Sterling Professor of the Humanities, Yale University....Continua
Willy, the protagonist, is the prototype of the ordinary man that we see everyday in our society, even though it has been six decades since the play was written. He was born in the USA, so he was educated in a capitalist society which sees work and money as the top values to reach happiness.
We could say that Willy is both a victim and victimizer of the American Way of life, given that he had the essence of an unassuming man but he was consumed by the common attitudes of his surroundings: envy and pride in a world of appearances, alienation and thirst of power.
He has not fully adapted himself to the 20th century American hero, who has changed from being an intrepid explorer to a capitalist and consumer beast. He is already an old man who still lives in the roaring twenties, so he transfers his desire to achieve the American Dream to his sons and becoming the father he did not have to advise him when he was young.
He has focused so much on paying the bills that he forgot to live, he forgot that money and gadgets do not bring happiness, they have, on the contrary, ruined his life....Continua
This is one play that needs to read to understand American theatre.