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Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:37 PM via web

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What does Death of a Salesman reveal about lower-middle class life?

What does Death of a Salesman reveal about lower-middle class life?

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timbrady | College Teacher | (Level 1) Educator

Posted March 7, 2011 at 2:56 PM (Answer #2)

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Probably nothing.  The class of the Lowman family has very little to do with Willy's delusions about himself or his occupation.  Of course, if you are going to do a Marxist interpretation of the play, it must have some influence as class does in everything.  If Willy had been in the middle-or-upper middle class, he may have a better change of making it into management and fulfilling his economic dreams, but that's a different play.  If Biff had not gone to Boston, Willy might have had a better chance of fulfilling at least a part of his dreams (about his sons), but that's a different play as well.

 

Willies problems are about his own dreams and his inability to realize who he was, not about where he found himself on the economic ladder.

 

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