What commentary on modern commerce do you think that Arthur Miller means to make with his play Death of a Salesman?
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Death of a Salesman is not primarily interested in commerce. Though the subject of the play concerns a salesman, the act and profession of sales are secondary to the themes of achievement, self-deception and failure.
Willie Loman's job as a salesman serves the play in a number of ways. The job essentially requires Willie to be able to convince people of a certain truth. He is unable to convince anyone but himself of his own success. This characteristic has less to do with a failure of commerce as it does with a failure of integrity.
...Willy's failure is a result of his inability to see himself and the world as they really are...
The system of commerce in which Willie is striving is not broken, as evidenced by his neighbor, Charley, a successful salesman. Where Willie fails to engage with reality and see himself honestly, thereby ensuring his failure in business, Charley recognizes his own strengths and weaknesses and succeeds easily.
The fault is not in the system but in Willie's apprehension of it.