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What is the role of men in death of a salesman?I am doin an indvidual semiar o the role...

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trukis | Student, Grade 11 | eNotes Newbie

Posted April 26, 2009 at 4:51 AM via web

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What is the role of men in death of a salesman?

I am doin an indvidual semiar o the role of men in the play deat of a salesman. I havebeen talking about marxism but i am not sure what else i could talk about

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Valedictorian

Posted October 16, 2010 at 6:28 AM (Answer #1)

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In Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesmen" he was careful to demonstrate the role of men as being the bread winners.  The play was from a time when most women were homemakers who saw their husbands go off to work and awaited his arrival back home.

Miller created the everyday man in Willy Lowman.  The men mold the dreams and settle for reality.  Miller's play was astounding to American during its early arrival in theaters because of the way in which men struggled to provide for their families.

Even Willy's sons are expected to strive towards achieving the American dream.  As their inadequacies appear so do their response to them such as kleptomania and alcoholism and the younger son, Happy, who sleeps, with the wives of the men who have achieved more than him in the business.

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