Death of a Salesman | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Robert A. Martin

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Death of a Salesman.
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Critical Essay by Robert A. Martin

SOURCE: Martin, Robert A. “The Nature of Tragedy in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.South Atlantic Review 61, no. 4 (fall 1996): 97-106.

In the following essay, Martin explores the elements of classical tragedy in Death of a Salesman, arguing that Willy Loman becomes a tragic figure through “his desire and willingness ‘to secure one thing—his sense of personal dignity.’”

What the performance of a play gives an audience is less a set of ideas, propositions, or abstractions about life and how to live it than what Arthur Miller has called a “felt experience,” the imaginative sharing and participation in the lives and actions of imaginary characters. The performance is mythic; our sensibilities are enlivened by imaginary characters and we become engaged in their...

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