Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is tragic. But tragic is not really the only way to describe it. It's so brilliantly written that you hate to hate it. It's not a happy story. It's about the iconic Willy Loman, a 60 year old man who has been a salesman for 34 years. Due to his growing age and decreasing utility, he is cast aside from his work and now has no future to look forward to. Loman resides in the typical American dream with no reality. After losing his job, all his illusions come shattering down and he starts getting crushed under the weight of unattained dreams, unachieved goals and realizes that everything he has done to achieve success is now worthless, he himself is worthless.
The play touches on themes of mental illness, depression, suicide, parenting, role of a husband and a father, the purpose of life and literally everything in between. Willy really struggles a lot. He struggles to be successful, he struggles to be a good father, have a connection with his sons that is never quite there, he struggles to be a good husband, he struggles to do the right thing for him and for everyone else. Even being the protagonist, Loman is a character you have a hard time being fond of. Miller does an amazing job writing him and the other characters as well. They all have struggles to deal with and we as readers relate to them because we've all seen it happen to us as well. It may not be pretty but we understand. The passages and speeches by each of the characters are mind blowing. They're strong and they push you to reflect on what the society has done to us and how our choices should be made more wisely.
Miller's prose moves you and you can't quite can't understand why. It leaves you with something that you're glad is there. It makes you think about your relationships, your dreams, your goals and what you're doing with them. You can't walk away from the book even when it's making you wail. Each line you read keeps you wanting for more.
Credit : Aakanksha Sapre
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