Sidharth Vardhan

Death of a Salesman : Review

death of a salesman arthur miller review analysis Sidharth Vardhan
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Published: 1949
Willy Loman has been a salesman for 34 years. At 60, he is cast aside, his usefulness now exhausted. With no future to dream about he must face the crushing disappointments of his past. He takes one final brave action, but is he heroic at last?, or a self-deluding fool?

(A review of
'The Death of a Salesman' (1949)
a Pulitzer Prize Winning Play
by Arthur Miller)

"I simply asked him if he was making any money. Is that a criticism?"

Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman

I don't know if Miller intended it as such but it might as well be a criticism of capitalism.

Just look at what Willy has to say to his boss upon being fired:

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"You can't eat the orange and throw the peel away — a man is not a piece of fruit."

Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman r

but this criticism is more existional:

"After all the highways, and the trains, and the appointments, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive."

Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman


"Work a lifetime to pay off a house — You finally own it and there's nobody to live in it."

Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman


"Nothing's Planted, I don't have a thing in the ground."

Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman

Unless you are rich, money is a very strong determinant of your self-worth. Willy and Biff struggle with the realty of fact that they haven't made much. The desire for greatness and having to accept that one is not great is another theme. Awesome.

"Nobody dast blame this man. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory."

Arthur Miller (Death of a Salesman

I've always made a point of not wasting my life, and every time I come back here I know that all I've done is to waste my life.

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