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Community Level 2madchillie

madchillie

Death of a Salesman- Miller's most famous play

Advantages Intelligent literary play with scope for plenty of analysis

Disadvantages Won't appeal to everyone

"Death of a Salesman is a play, written by the late, highly respected Arthur Miller. Miller was not a prolific playwright, and Death of a Salesman is one of his few but most famous works. The genre of the play is essentially a tragedy although not in the typical sense. Miller wanted to challenge the typical literary device of tragedy which has always been a person of high stature falling out of power because of a fatal flaw. Death of a Salesman ..." Read review
18.02.2007

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Community Level 5heatherrr13

heatherrr13

Society's Flaw

Advantagesbrilliantly written, extremely moving

Disadvantagesan intense read

"‘Death of a Salesman’ was written by the playwright Arthur Miller in 1949. Although it is considered an American Classic, I had never really heard of it myself until I bought it. I only even bought it because the last time I was in New York I was trying to spend my change, and this caught my eye. It has been critically acclaimed many times over both as a written play and as a stage production, and won the Tony Award for Best Play in 1949. It made ..." Read review
06.07.2007

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Community Level 1DEMadison

DEMadison

Death of a Salesman - The tragedy of a broken man.

AdvantagesLiterature at its finest, the rare tale of an anti-hero who just gives in

DisadvantagesNot for everyone

"...not a prolific playwright, and Death of a Salesman is one of his few but most famous works. The genre of the play is essentially a tragedy although not in the typical sense. Miller wanted to challenge the typical literary device of tragedy which has always been a person of high stature falling out of power because of a fatal flaw. Death of a Salesman showed that tragedy can happen to anybody in the world, no matter what their social class, which ..." Read review
15.12.2009

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Community Level 4KEPP

KEPP

Just Chose the Wrong Dream! Review with images

AdvantagesSo many hidden messages!

DisadvantagesNone!

"Death of A Salesman is the only book by Authur Miller I have read, and I must say I was not dissapointed! When yuo have read my review I want you to go upstairs and search your books for it, and if you haven't got it go up the library and get it...but read my review first!! Now, this is the first book review I have done and am not sure how to go about it! So hopefully this is ok! Characters: Willy Loman - Willy is the central character, ..." Read review
20.01.2005

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Community Level 1sandi84

sandi84

Marilyn Monroe...

AdvantagesPlot, the clever use of characters, thought provoking.

DisadvantagesHard to follow at times, very depressing.

"... ok so I lured you here. Just an interesting fact you may not know. Arthur Miller was married to Marilyn Monroe on June 29, 1956 in White Plains Court. Also "The Misfits" was written by Miller for Monroe, and was her last completed film. Let me just admit now - "Death of a Salesman" is NOT the kind of book that I would read of my own choice. I studied it in an A Level English Literature class and now I'm glad I did. I doubt you'll find anything ..." Read review
01.09.2002

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A complex modern tragedy with a difference

Advantagesgreat story

Disadvantageschronological jumps

"I studied this on my degree, and am now teaching it at A Level. I remember it being a fantastic play, but not without its difficulties. Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play by Arthur Miller. The play follows the tragic story of Willy Loman and his dysfunctional family. We meet Willy as an old man starting to lose his mind, but through flash-backs discover he has always been inept as a father, husband, and salesman. In the cut-throat world of sales, ..." Read review
28.01.2009

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Community Level 2hayleylewi...

hayleylewis676

The American Dream

AdvantagesReads easily, even by yourself

DisadvantagesThats hard...there arnt any

"... He does not die the death of a salesman as he wished and very few people turn up at his funeral. This tells us that Willy was not as popular as he has made out. I thorally reccomend that everyone reads this play, even fairly young teenagers would be able to understand the language used. ..." Read review
28.11.2005

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Community Level 1fluffeeder

fluffeeder

Death of the dream?

AdvantagesA modern tragic hero

DisadvantagesIs this too real?

"...of course Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. It is currently a bone of contention within the literary community as to whether he is a humanist or a Marxist and yet all agree that he is the greatest social dramatist of our time. The play itself is a poignant look at the American dream gone wrong. For Willy it is just around the corner and with it lies his perfect life with his functioning family. Unfortunately it is a corner too far. Characters: Willy ..." Read review
19.04.2004

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Community Level 1emmamate1

emmamate1

Death of a Salesman

AdvantagesTragic story, excellent use of psychology to create characters, set in a familiar context

DisadvantagesNot much action, more about the characters

"Death of a Salesman is a pitying view of the American Dream and the effect it can have on individuals. The reader and audience follow the protagonist, Willy Loman, embark on a mental downward spiral in pursuit of the perfect American lifestyle. The play is beautifully written: the dialog and characterization are powerful, empathetic, and easy to relate to. The reader pities each character in turn - not only Willy, but also his wife Linda, and two ..." Read review
14.08.2008

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Community Level 1roseolihome

roseolihome

The review that doesn't spoil the ending

AdvantagesA poignant study of the failure of the american dream

DisadvantagesIt's too widely known to be appreciated properly

"I tell a lie in the title to this review... the ending has already been spoilt by the title. But this is part of the point i would argue. The shadow that is cast by the prior knowledge that Willy Loman The Salesman, is going to die, means that the emphasis is not on the plot. And yet Miller manages to still create a sense of shock when he finally comes to die. In my experience of theatrical literature this play comes alive off the page better than ..." Read review
22.05.2004

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Will willy die?

Advantagesgreat novel with some great ironic comments

Disadvantageserrr.... none?

"I have read several of Arthur Miller's tales such as "the crucible" and "view from the bridge" (both good stories). His most famous work in my opinion is "Death of a Salesman". It is a play about the contemporary delusion that if you toiled hard and had the right hopes then you could achieve anything for yourself, this was America 1949. Willy Loman is the main character and is a salesman, but he imagines himself as a top salesman making good ..." Read review
25.02.2006

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Community Level 1bolt123

bolt123

Death of a Salesman - Arthur Miller

Advantagesgood,easy to read

Disadvantagesnothing

"...Crucible, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are studied and performed worldwide "THE ARTHUR MILLER".this play will surely give u an experience by which u tend read once again this. Miller got the following Awards for this "Death of a Salesman" these awards are really worth for this immortal play * 1949 New York Drama Critics' Circle Best Play * 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama * 1949 Tony Award for Best Play * 1984 Drama Desk Award ..." Read review
28.01.2009

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Community Level 1roubella

roubella

Death of a Salesman - a short literary reveiw

Advantagesthought -provoking, challenging and enticing

Disadvantagespessimistic,unrelenting

"...and what I love about Death of a Salesman was that even though it was a new, 'realist', 'expressionist' peice of theatre in 1949 it relies so much on the classical theatre archetype that the greeks set out for us. 'Death of a Salesman' is a tragedy- we witness the great fall of a great man, but in this case Willy Loman isn't so great, infact he's just your normal, ordinary American, accept that he believes that he is (and deserves to be) a great ..." Read review
05.09.2008

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Community Level 1amychich

amychich

Death Of A Salesman - Arthur Miller

AdvantagesVery thought-provoking

DisadvantagesSad, and probably not everybody's cup of tea

"I studied this play for my GCSE, and found that, although initially it really didn't grab me, i grew to love it. All of the characters are interesting and many are provocative, of both emotion on reading and also of discussion afterwards. You should not expect to come away from the play feeling uplifted, however neither should you expect for it to immediately leave your mind. It is a good length, and there are enough intricacies in the plot to sustain ..." Read review
18.08.2008

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Community Level 1ahotomega1

ahotomega1

very good play

Advantagesinteresting themes

Disadvantagessad

"At the time the play was written -1949- America was experiencing a period of conspicuous consumerism from its higher and middle class, and the characters presented in the play are perfect examples of this. Willy’s house was bought using a mortgage, and so were most of the technological products in his house. This clearly highlights the fact that people spent more than they could afford, perhaps as a means of showing off how luxurious their home was ..." Read review
24.09.2010

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