April 01, 2005

Sad, Sad day in the life of a salesman

Jerz: Intro to Literary Study (EL150): Miller, Death of a Salesman
http://blogs.setonhill.edu/mt/mt-tb1122.cgi/1438

This was one of the saddest plays I have ever read where it actually makes me feel for the protagonist. I get the sense that he knew he was a failure to his sons, but he didn't want to accept that fact, so he fabricates a life of importance and success. It made me feel really bad when I found out he tried to commit suicide. That lets the reader know that he wasn't blind to his faults. Another sad part is how he kept predicting the masses of people that will show up at his funeral, then at the end, its only his family. It shows that he is consistent in his lies, even upon death. I think he is a brave man for committing suicide for the betterment of his son. Biff is the only one in the family to come forth with the realization of who they really are. This is significant as he is the one who went through the major change in his life around the time he caught his father cheating. Though it is sad, I like works like this where it does not end on a high note

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