“Death of a Salesman” is a renowned play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It premiered on Broadway in 1949 and has since become one of Miller’s most celebrated and widely performed works. The play is considered a classic of American theater and a significant contribution to 20th-century drama.
“Death of a Salesman” tells the story of Willy Loman, an aging traveling salesman who is struggling with his fading career and the disillusionment of the American Dream. Willy has dedicated his life to the pursuit of success and believes that charisma and personal connections are the keys to achieving wealth and happiness. However, as he faces the harsh reality of his own failures and unrealized dreams, he begins to unravel mentally and emotionally.
The play employs a non-linear narrative structure, blending Willy’s present-day experiences with vivid flashbacks that depict his earlier successes and the relationships with his family, particularly his sons Biff and Happy. Through these flashbacks, the audience gains insight into Willy’s past and the choices and compromises he made along the way.
“Death of a Salesman” explores themes such as the nature of the American Dream, the illusion of success, the destructive impact of self-delusion, and the strains within family relationships. It delves into the struggles and pressures faced by individuals in pursuit of material wealth and societal validation.