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Death of a Salesman

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Sang Kim

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Transcript of Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman
Death of Salesman
-Follows the Loman family, Willy, Linda, Biff, and Happy
-Willy goes slowly into madness
-Has flashbacks and talks to people he has hallucinated
-Willy's family is worried, hard worker as a saleman. He is constantly traveling.
-Willy believes that material wealth defines his success
-Does whatever to help his sons
Common themes include, betrayal, false depictions of America and the American Dream
-Willy betrays Linda, Howard betrays Willy
-Willy believes that material wealth is the most important thing along with a good reputation than skill- this leads to his death
Citizen Kane
-Relates to the American Dream
-For Kane, American Dream was hollow and a myth
-Wealth isolated Kane
-Died alone
-Depicts poverity as happiness- Kane was happier when he was poor
I Hear America Singing

"I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear,
Those of mechanics, each one singing his as it should be blithe and strong,
The carpenter singing his as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work,
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat,
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench, the hatter singing as he stands,
The wood-cutter's song, the ploughboy's on his way in the morning, or at noon intermissions or at sundown,
The delicious singing of the mother, or of the young wife at work, or of the girl sewing or washing,
Each singing what belongs to him or her and to none else,
The day what belongs to the day - at night the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing with open mouths their strong melodious songs."
Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman
-Written by Arthur Miller
-First debuted on Broadway on February 1949
-Was performed 742 times and has been revived 4 times
-Has won 3 Tony Awards for Best Revival
-Has been adapt for as a film or TV movie 8 times

I Hear America Singing
-About the American Dream and how America was based upon hard work
-Against the American Dream that exists during Willy's life
-Agrees with the Dream that Willy believes in, working hard though not part of material wealth
"Myth and Reality." Myth and Reality. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 May 2014. <http://usa.usembassy.de/classroom/americandream.htm>.

Digital image. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://web.calstatela.edu/library/mmc/100/citizen_kane.jpg>.

Digital image. Rotten Tomatoes. N.p., n.d. Web. <http://content9.flixster.com/movie/85/78/42/8578423_det.jpg>.
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