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Title: Death of a Salesman


1
Death of a Salesman
  • By Arthur Miller

2
Overview of Slide Show
  • Millers background
  • Setting of the story
  • Main characters
  • Themes

3
Millers background
  • Author of The Crucible
  • DOAS debuts on Broadway on 2/10/49 and wins the
    Pulitzer Prize and the NY Drama Critics Circle
    Award
  • As a result Miller is called to testify in front
    of HUAC

4
Millers Focus
  • Actively wrote plays until 1980
  • Leans toward social and psychological realism
  • A master of the expressionistic elements of
    theater (set, music, lighting, setting)

5
Millers Protagonists
  • Tend to be non-heroic
  • Are unexceptional in character, social position,
    or power.
  • Are not outstandingly good or evil
  • Tend to go unnoticed in course of normal events.

6
Protagonists continued
  • Protagonists typically confronted with a
    situation that forces his or her best and worst
    qualities to surface.
  • Willy Loman is confronted by situations that draw
    out his worst qualities.

7
Main Characters of DOAS
  • Willy Loman
  • Biff Loman
  • Linda Loman
  • Happy Loman

8
Setting
  • NYC and New England 1949
  • Americans lived through the Depression and saw a
    revitalized economy due to WWII
  • A more prosperous life was in reach

9
Setting cont.
  • Post WWII America has many traveling salesmen.
  • Common cultural notions females are restrained,
    timid and feminine, while men are virile,
    athletic businessmen and soldiers

10
Themes
  • The American Dream
  • Being liked vs. being respected.
  • The torment of ones own conscience.
  • Family dysfunction and the power of denial.

11
Themes cont.
  • Is the dream of economic prosperity truly
    available to all who work diligently?
  • Does the American dream place too much importance
    on material wealth and consumerism?

12
Arthur Miller 1915-2005
  • Arthur Miller
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