Arthur Miller's Dissatisfaction with the American People Expressed in Three of His Major Works
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In the world today there are seven billion people and no two people are the same. Seven billion people. Seven billion stories. Seven billion different situations. People are born every day and raised in all different situations and conditions but they always try to achieve the best they can to the highest of their ability. With life, comes expectations and responsibilities which often lead to conflict and tragedy. Every man has his own way of dealing with issues.
After the Second World War, people had the opinion that play writer Arthur Miller transferred the theater. The work Miller created was influenced by the worldly depression and the war that started after. Arthur Miller “tapped into a sense of dissatisfaction and unrest within the greater American people; his probing dramas proved to be both the conscience and redemption of the times; allowing people an honest view of the direction the country had taken.” (www.pbs.org). It was no secret that Miller was not afraid to speak his mind and the opinions of the people.
Arthur Miller is a profound tragic author who has written many different plays such as The Crucible, Death of a Salesmen, and A View from the Bridge. As defined by Dictionary.com tragedy is a dramatic composition, often in verse dealing with a serious or somber theme typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict with some overpowering force, as fate or society to downfall or destruction. Miller represents this definition of tragedy through his characters Willy Loman and Eddie Carbone and their relation to the common people. Death of a Salesman is a work created by Arthur Miller in 1949 and takes the audience through the life of foolish, senile Willy Loman. Death of a Salesman...
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...ly demands the best for his niece. Willy is a rather insecure guy. In his attempts to make himself feel better, he lies to his family and to himself. In Willy’s mind he is a successful salesmen with many friends who will be remembered for years to come. He disguises his profound anxiety and self-doubt with extreme arrogance. Periodically unable to maintain this image of strength, Willy despairs and pleads with successful people around him for guidance and support. Despite his efforts, it becomes clear that Willy Loman is not popular, well liked, or even good at his job. In fact, he was never was. In all likelihood, he never will be. Now an older man, Willy is beginning to deteriorate. Despite Willy's evident failure to meet his life goals, he clings to a fierce belief in the American Dream and the promise that anyone attractive and well liked can make it big.