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The Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman critic
Read these critics’ excerpts about Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman carefully. Choose one to respond to. Copy and paste the excerpt as your first paragraph. Agree or disagree with the critic in a two-page paper. Use specific examples and quotes from throughout the play to prove your point. Work independently and do not consult online sources.
1. “Willy Loman may emerge as even more a man of our time than he seemed to be of his [time] when the play first opened in 1949.”
2. “Its theme comes across with blinding clarity—failure is the only sin Americans will not forgive.”
3. “As much as it is a portrait of a man in crisis, Death of a Salesman is the story of a nuclear family splinter by a false value system. Willy may be the one stooping under the weight of his sample cases, but everyone around him is carrying baggage too.”
4. “The figure [of Willy] that comes through the play is not of a man brought down by various failures but of a mentally unstable man in whom the fissures have increased.”
5. “The American Dream as presenting in Death of a Salesman is male-oriented. However, it requires unacknowledgement dependence upon women as well as women’s subjugation and exploitation.”
6. “Willy’s long-suffering wife, Linda, is basically a doormat–a passive accomplice in her husband’s denial, what we would today call an enabler.”
7. “Death of a Salesman seems less a social drama about […] ‘the breakdown of the whole concept of salesmanship inherent in our society’ than a fierce portrait of a father and son, caught in a fatal embrace of love and resentment and guilt.”