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Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman Analysis

Literary Devices in Death of a Salesman

Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory

Death of a Salesman takes place primarily within the confined landscape of the Lomans’ home. This narrow, and increasingly narrowing setting is contrasted with the vastness of the American We...

Setting

Most of the action is set in Willy Loman's home and yard in Brooklyn, NYC. Because of recent population growth, the Lomans' house is boxed in by apartment buildings. Throughout the play, the big e...

Narrator Point of View

Though all works of literature present the author’s point of view, they don’t all have a narrator or a narrative voice that ties together and presents the story. This particular piece o...

Genre

Well, the play is definitely a drama, because, you know… it's a play, a piece of literature meant to be spoken by actors in front of a live audience. This particular drama centers on the trials a...

Tone

The tone is apparent primarily through the play’s stage directions. The directions are sensitive to the very real pain suffered by the characters. However, in its frankness, the tone is also mock...

What’s Up With the Title?

The title has several layers of meaning. The most blatantly obvious one is that it refers to Willy Loman's actual physical death – unfortunately by suicide. So, yeah, Willy is a salesman, and he...

Plot Analysis

Willy and Biff are both home again.Willy comes home early from his work trip because he is not longer able to drive and he can’t do his job. Biff is home after working as a farm hand for many...

Booker's Seven Basic Plots Analysis

Everyone is unsatisfied with their lives or frustrated in some way.Each of the central characters is troubled and wants his or her life circumstances to change. Willy can’t drive for his trav...

Three Act Plot Analysis

In the first act, Willy comes home early from his work trip because he is no longer able to drive. For a traveling salesman, this means he also can’t do his job. Things are falling apart and...

Trivia

Arthur Miller was married to Marilyn Monroe. Miller acted a bit too much like Willy and had an affair with her in 1951 while he was still married to another woman. In 1956, Miller and his first wi...

Steaminess Rating

Happy’s pretty hot and has been with lots of girls. He steals the girlfriends of basically all of his acquaintances only to discard them a few days later. The apple never falls far from the t...
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