Evaluation of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Evaluation of Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

The play was written by Arthur Miller who was born in Manhattan in 1915 by Jewish immigrant parents. He witnessed the depression and the failing of his fathers businesses. He went to college at the University of Michigan well he wrote and worked with plays.

He wrote Death of a Salesman in 1948 in a small Connecticut studio. The play took place in the great depression where a struggling business man tried to provide for his family. He has been working for years and is becoming very tired and crazy. He dies a sudden death in the end and he never completes the dream he wanted to as a salesman.

As soon as the play starts you get a feel for what the play is going to be like. Its dreary a dark mood Willy’s dream of becoming a wealthy salesman have fallen. The house they once bought that had such a spark has now decayed around other apartment buildings like Willy’s dream is slowly decaying. Everyone can relate to this they first have a big outlook and dream but when the dream falls so does everything else around someone. The play unfolds slowly throughout using a number of symbols, themes, and motifs. The play picks apart everyone especially Willy. The play contains two acts and a Requiem which takes place at the end of the story where Willy’s death occurs. Many troubles lead up to his death.

The story contains many symbols one is the seeds. These represent Willy’s career he keeps planting trying to be a better salesman and a better father but keeps failing. As said “You can’t raise a carrot in the back yard.” (lines 120-121). This also lets you know that things are not going well for him. Not only can he live the American dream but he cannot even plant a se...

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... aspect of life and let you appreciate what you have by what these characters had to do without. I feel a since of maturity after reading the play. I want to find myself rather its making good money or just doing something I love to do. I don’t want to live the American dream and be a big wealthy rich person after reading this story because you lose your vision in life. You don’t see things as a clearly as you should instead the main focus is on money and how much you would like to make. I want my life to be much like Biff and focus on the things I need to fix within myself. I want my life to concentrate on family values and raising my children not to lose sight of what is important in life, and that is not being wealthy and a powerful business man. It is enjoying life, loving, and caring for others and yourself. Everyone should do what makes themselves happy.
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