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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

Updated on January 5, 2010

Death of a Salesman, a drama by the American playwright Arthur Miller, first produced in 1949. The central character of the play is Willy Loman, a traveling salesman who has devoted his life to the pursuit of "success." His misguided philosophy has ruined the lives of his wife and their two sons. When Loman is too old to travel, he loses his job. In a series of scenes, brilliantly dramatized by the playwright, Loman mentally relives his experiences. His mind begins to fail, and eventually he commits suicide.

Death of a Salesman portrays a man unable to understand his society and his own failure. It is often considered the nearest modern approach to classical Greek tragedy. It is also a probing study of American middle-class life and the distortion of moral values in the commercial world.


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      Jean luc 6 years ago

      I love studying death of a salesman at school!! But i prefer to stare at the teacher cause she hot!!

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      lozzoms 6 years ago

      enhoyed the brief summary, if you are interested in Death of a salesman, you should have a look at my essays on the play :) well done keep it up