Death of A Salesman

Play in Two Acts

Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005

Paperback - 1952
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
Death of A Salesman
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Publisher: [New York] : Dramatists Play Service, [c1952]
Edition: Authorized acting ed
ISBN: 0822202905
Branch Call Number: 812 Miller
Characteristics: 104p. ill.

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Jul 06, 2014
  • Kdmullerspy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Great story. Makes you think about the American dream.

Jan 09, 2014

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Sep 27, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I know that Death of a Salesman is a classic and I understand why. Its value is that, when it was written in 1949, it questioned and criticized the consumerist American dream in a way that had never been done before, but in this era of Occupy Wall Street, the message is not as profound as it once was. Dealing so heavily in self-deception and foolish pride, Willy Loman is not a likeable character. I'm not asking for a person who is an angel; I can get behind the antihero archetype quite easily, but Willy Loman fails to hold my interest. I feel no empathy for him, and thus, the entire play misses its mark. Even the pitiful wife character Linda is a disappointment. I truly felt that this play went no one and led to an inevitable conclusion that was foreshadowed in such a ham-fisted way that I knew it from page 2. I read this play for recreation, and boy, was I not entertained, and if that's your intention as well, I absolutely would not recommend it. Perhaps you have a more scholarly purpose? If you are forced to do a play from this era about family dynamics, I would recommend you read Tennessee William's "Cat on a Hat Tin Roof". It's far more interesting, in my humble opinion.

Sep 24, 2013
  • britprincess1 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I know that Death of a Salesman is a classic and I understand why. Its value is that, when it was written in 1949, it questioned and criticized the consumerist American dream in a way that had never been done before, but in this era of Occupy Wall Street, the message is not as profound as it once was. Dealing so heavily in self-deception and foolish pride, Willy Loman is not a likeable character. I'm not asking for a person who is an angel; I can get behind the antihero archetype quite easily, but Willy Loman fails to hold my interest. I feel no empathy for him, and thus, the entire play misses its mark. Even the pitiful wife character Linda is a disappointment. I truly felt that this play went no one and led to an inevitable conclusion that was foreshadowed in such a ham-fisted way that I knew it from page 2. I read this play for recreation, and boy, was I not entertained, and if that's your intention as well, I absolutely would not recommend it. Perhaps you have a more scholarly purpose? If you are forced to do a play from this era about family dynamics, I would recommend you read Tennessee William's "Cat on a Hat Tin Roof". It's far more interesting, in my humble opinion.

Aug 18, 2013
  • Rainman rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This book was my first experience with this story, and now I look forward to seeing it on stage. Willy Loman's tale touches on the need all of us feel to leave a mark -- to be somebody people will remember -- when it is the love of those closest to us that means the most.

Apr 15, 2013
  • danielestes rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

Arthur Miller's award-winning play, Death of a Salesman, has to be seen to be fully appreciated. Reading it will only get you so far.

Some of the subject material, and certainly the slang, peg it to mid-20th century America, and this gives an initial impression that what's to come may no longer be relevant. But once the larger portrait of Willy Loman starts taking shape, the story's timelessness is evident.

Oct 08, 2012

I am middle of doing my project please accept my renewal

Aug 12, 2012
  • MeeisLee rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Initially, I found it incredibly boring. But then again I hadn't taken the time to fully understand it. I had to analyze and examine parts and hear other people's opinions and discussions in order to fully appreciate that this is a great play. Miller showcases the perils of trying to attain the great American Dream.

Jun 30, 2012
  • apriluhl rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Death of a Salesman will absolutely break your heart. Miller shows a family struggling and a man who refuses to give up on his false dreams. This play is universal and relate able as well as extremely well written. Amazing! Couldn't put it down!

Apr 12, 2012
  • zaire189 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

It was a good play. I loved Don Quixote's free spirited and care free character.

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Jun 23, 2013
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Jul 21, 2008
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