Sidharth Vardhan

Death of a Salesman : Review

(A review by Sidharth Vardhan of ‘The Death of Salesman’ (1949) a Pulitzer Prize Winning Play by Arthur Miller [usr 5]) “I simply asked him if he was making any money. Is that a criticism?” 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: “You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away — a man is not a piece of fruit.” 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.” or “Work a lifetime to pay off a house — You finally own it and there’s nobody to live in it.” or “Nothing’s Planted, I don’t have a thing in the ground.” 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

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