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For further information on his life and complete works, see CLC, Volumes 1, 2, 6, 10, and Structured as a modern tragedy, the play depicts the last twenty-four hours in the life of Willy Loman, a sixty-three-year-old traveling salesman, who for thirty-six years has sold his wares all over New England.
The eldest son, Biff, a former high school football star, has travelled the country holding a series of aimless jobs. Hap works in a dead-end job at a New York department store and spends most of his time chasing women and drinking. His neighbor Charlie calms him down and the two men play a game of cards.
After Charlie leaves, Willy reminisces about his brother Ben, who left for Africa to mine diamonds and became a great financial success.
When Linda finds Willy ranting alone about the past, he leaves the house to take a walk. When Hap joins the conversation, Linda accuses them both of being ungrateful and of turning their backs on their father. She then reveals that Willy has tried to kill himself on several occasions.
When Willy returns, Hap tells him that Biff is going to approach his old boss, Bill Oliver, for a loan to open a sporting-goods store. Although Biff is against the idea, he goes along with the deception to make his father happy. The next day, Willy finds that he has been fired from his sales job after thirty-six years of service.
Ben reveals that Biff was irrevocably changed by a surprise visit to Willy during his senior year in high school. Ben comments that, after his abrupt return, Biff became uninterested in college and lost his motivation to better himself.
Meanwhile, Biff meets Hap at a restaurant to inform him that he was unable to get the loan from Bill Oliver. However, Biff does admit that he has come to the realization that he has to change his life.
When Willy arrives at the restaurant, Biff attempts to tell him the truth about their deception and his failed meeting.
Later, back at the family home, Biff confronts Willy about his suicide attempts and informs his father that he will leave in the morning, planning never to return.
At that moment, Willy decides to commit suicide, convinced that the settlement on his life insurance policy will provide Biff with the wealth he needs to start a new life.
Major Themes Critics have maintained that much of the enduring universal appeal of Death of a Salesman lies in its central theme of the failure of the American Dream.
When Willy realizes that his true value lies in being a good father, he chooses to sacrifice himself in order to give his sons the material wealth he has always desired. In a broader sense, some commentators perceive the play as an indictment of American capitalism and a rejection of materialist values.
Competition and responsibility are also prominent themes in Death of a Salesman. Some reviewers have argued that the work cannot be considered a tragedy in the traditional sense because Willy does not fit the Aristotelian definition of a tragic hero.
Others have countered, asserting that Willy attains tragic dimensions by virtue of his intense passion to surpass his earthly limitations. In support of this claim, Robert A. Death of a Salesman has remained critically and commercially popular since its first performance—a fiftieth-anniversary production in won a Tony Award for Best Play Revival.A collection of essays on the playwright's work by such critics as Herbert Blau and Robert Warshow offers an analysis of Miller's achievements.
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Martine, so probably I should refrain from biting the hand that feeds me.
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