Synopsis: Arthur Miller’s scathing critique of American capitalism and the elusive “American Dream”, “Death of a Salesman” tells the story of Willy Loman – a sixty-three year old travelling salesman. Despite constant hard work and a gruesome schedule, the Loman family has always lived on the brink of poverty, a direct product of Willy Loman’s narcissism and avoidance of reality. An underling with his company, Loman constantly tells himself that his “big break” is coming; however, beneath his façade his knows that he is a failure. “Death of a Salesman” is a compelling portrait of the effects of capitalism, and how it has the capacity to slowly kill our minds, if not our bodies.
Written by: Arthur Miller
Awards: 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.