Death of a Salesman | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Brenda Murphy

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Death of a Salesman.
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Critical Essay by Brenda Murphy

SOURCE: Murphy, Brenda. “‘Personality Wins the Day’: Death of a Salesman and Popular Sales Advice Literature.” South Atlantic Review 64, no. 1 (1999): 1-10.

In the following essay, Murphy argues that Death of a Salesman constructs “a history of the career of the traveling salesman in America.”

One of the primary characteristics of Willy Loman's character is his penchant for self-contradiction: “Biff is a lazy bum! … There's one thing about Biff—he's not lazy” (16). One area where this is evident is Willy's attitude toward business and success. As he tells his boss Howard Wagner, he is aware that in 1948, the “real time” of the play's action, business is “all cut and dried...

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