Symbolism Portrayed Through Common Objects

In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses common objects as symbols of the evolving relationship between the main characters in his play. Women’s stockings and their holes symbolize the failing relationship between Willy Loman and his wife, Linda. Seeds in a garden symbolize Willy’s declining sense of self-worth and his need to leave something … Read moreSymbolism Portrayed Through Common Objects

Society In The Crucible and Death of a Salesman

Two plays by Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, both contend that society is the indifferent, sometimes brutal, force that crushes an individual. Although the plays take place in different time periods, they each convey the force of society through setting and conflict. They particularly show this theme through the formation of … Read moreSociety In The Crucible and Death of a Salesman

Arthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ Exemplifies how Careful Attention to the Linguistic Features of a Play tell us all we need to know about Performance

A thorough analysis of the linguistic features of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949) will illustrate how, for a conscientious reader, all we need to know about performance is supplied within the written text. Focusing on the dramatist’s use of preference structure, silence and the turn-taking mechanism, will reveal that all the vital characteristics … Read moreArthur Miller’s ‘Death of a Salesman’ Exemplifies how Careful Attention to the Linguistic Features of a Play tell us all we need to know about Performance

Death of a Salesman: Psychological Criticism and Deconstruction

Arthur Miller’s American masterpiece Death of a Salesman, first presented on the stage in New York City in 1949, represents a successful literary attempt at blending the themes of social and personal tragedy within the same dramatic framework. Yet the story of Willy Loman is also one of false values sustained by almost every publicity … Read moreDeath of a Salesman: Psychological Criticism and Deconstruction

Death of A Salesman: Shifting of the American Dream

From its very infancy, the American continent was often equated with boundless opportunity. In A Description of New England John Smith characterized the early colonies of 1616 as a land of economic potential, declaring that “If a man work but three days in seven, he may get more than he can spend. (51)” In America, … Read moreDeath of A Salesman: Shifting of the American Dream

Musical Motifs

Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman is a deceptively simple play. The simplicity of the play, however, quickly dissolves into a respectful ambiguity through Miller’s ingenious stage directions, nonverbal expressions and, most importantly, his musical design. From the opening notes to their final reprise, the audience is enormously attracted by what Tennessee Williams called the … Read moreMusical Motifs

Capitalism as Masculine Identity in American Theater: Death of a Salesman and Glengarry Glen Ross

America has long prided itself on being a land of opportunity. Since the fifteenth century, pilgrims have flocked to American shores, urged onward by the thought of making money, off the rich lands and resources available here. As time has gone on, this image of America as an enormous money pot has not changed or … Read moreCapitalism as Masculine Identity in American Theater: Death of a Salesman and Glengarry Glen Ross

The Use of Props in Master Harold… And the Boys and Death of a Salesman

Playwrights, unlike the authors of novels and other forms of literature, employ the use of production elements and stage designs in the development of their works. These additional aspects present within the creation of theatre grant playwrights with the opportunity to support and develop the various themes and ideas of a work through supplemental stimuli, … Read moreThe Use of Props in Master Harold… And the Boys and Death of a Salesman

Opposite Takes on the “American Dream” in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman

Money is one way to achieve one of the “American Dreams.” The “American Dream” is different for everyone and that dream for most people depends on how they were raised. There are many plays that critique the “American Dream” but only two will be focused on, Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Arthur … Read moreOpposite Takes on the “American Dream” in Lorraine Hansberry’s A Raisin in the Sun and Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman