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Title: Death of a Salesman


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Death of a Salesman
  • By Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller Biography
  • I think the job of the artist . . . is to remind
    people of what they have chosen to forget.
  • - Arthur Miller

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Arthur Miller Biography
  • 1915 2005
  • father owned a women's clothes/coat-manufacturing
    business, which failed in the Wall Street Crash
    of 1929
  • After the Crash, they moved to a modest house in
    Brooklyn.

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College Life
  • Went to college at Michigan.
  • Majored in journalism
  • Changed his major to English after having the
    play No Villain published.
  • I hate Michigan

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Personal Life
  • Was married to Marilyn Monroe
  • House of Un-American Activities Committee
    investigates Miller.

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Personal Life
  • He is arrested and thrown in jail for contempt of
    court.
  • He is eventually released from prison and
    acquitted of his charges.

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His Works
  • 1953 He writes The Crucible, an allegorical
    play in which Miller likened the situation with
    the House Un-American Activities Committee to the
    witch-hunt in Salem

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His Works
  • 1949 He wrote Death of a Salesman, which was
    viewed by many as an attack on the American Dream
    of achieving wealth and success without regard
    for principle.

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Terms
  • Capitalism - An economic system in which private
    owners control a countrys industry.

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Terms
  • Communism - system of government in which the
    state plans and controls the economy and a
    single, authoritarian party holds power, claiming
    to make progress toward a higher social order in
    which all goods are equally shared by the people.

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Terms
  • American Dream - set of ideals in which freedom
    includes the opportunity for prosperity and
    success, and an upward social mobility achieved
    through hard work

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Historical Context
  • During the postwar boom of 1948, most Americans
    were optimistic about a renewed version of the
    American Dream striking it rich in some
    commercial venture, then moving to a house with a
    yard in a peaceful suburban neighborhood where
    they could raise children and commute to work in
    their new automobile.

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Historical Context
  • The difference between this and the
    nineteenth-century version of the same dream, in
    which a family or a single adventurer went into
    America's wilderness frontier and tried to make
    their fortune from the land itself, reflected the
    country's economic shift from agriculture to
    urban industry, and then from manufacturing into
    service and sales.

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Terms
  • Flashback A scene that is set in a time that
    came before the main story.

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