The trouble is that a leader somehow comes to symbolize his country, and so the nagging question is whether, when real trouble comes, we can act ourselves out of it. This does not mean that the United States is any worse than any other nation. Consequently, Miller points out how this persistent pursuing of money lead Keller to lose his sense of morality and his values, and by this, he loses everything in the end. After investigations on the genesis of the plane crashes, Joe and Steve are arrested and convicted. Miller suggests the flaws of a capitalist who has no grounding in cultural or social morals. The Great Depression comes to mind, or say, the McCarthy era? By the end of chapter two, the truth is out and the reader finally finds out that Keller was the responsible for the death of the 21 pilots and, more importantly, that he did it on purpose.
Death of a Salesman just finished a national tour, and there was no problem getting an audience. He holds honorary doctorate degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University. It was what that new author made of the old story. Willy, now sixty-three, carried out a large part of his career during… Arthur Miller uses Willy, a common man, whose only flaw is his inability to question the validity of the American Dream, to portray a tragic hero, and also to question the ideals of the American society. I don't go to the theater all that much, but I do go where there seems to be something of value.
Unfortunately, his unusual ideas of how this dream can be achieved prevent him from reaching his goal. His insight into the psychology of desperation and his ability to create stories that express the deepest meanings of struggle, have made him one of the most highly regarded and widely performed American playwrights. They are the burden of his life, a life that he will lay down not just for his sons, but for a faith as powerful and all-consuming as any that has ever generated misguided martyrs. At the very beginning of Act One, we are introduced to Keller through the stage directions, which state that When he reads, when he speaks, when he listens, it is ith the terrible concentration of the uneducated man for whom there is still wonder in many commonly known things, a man whose Judgements must be dredged out of experience and a peasant-like common sense. In an essay on realism written in 1997, Miller made a remark that I find compellingly interesting.
There is an old rule of psychology that if something doesn't meet resistance, it is probably not true. Then, the American dream was to have freedom. His only defence of his actions is a need to keep the business going, the business which has become his whole life. The American press is made up of disguised theatre critics; substance counts for next to nothing compared to style and inventive characterization. It is a part of a vision which is only definable through the work of art. I must confess, though, that as a playwright I would be flummoxed as to how to make plausible on the stage an organized, stampede of partisans yelling to stop the count and in the same breath accusing the other side of trying to steal the election.
Miller, Jewish of Polish origins, was born in the New York neighbourhood of Harlem in 1915. The American dream is to…. He hadn't been writing or hadn't at least been producing or publishing plays for some years. Even that you love them. Nowadays, the term is as inspirational as controversial, since the opportunities become harder to get day by day.
Quite obviously, there is an enormous audience still there. In my day, either you were a lawyer, or a doctor, or a doctor, or you worked in a shop. Has he given up part of his basic human decency consider the pilots and a successful family life--does he sacrifice Steve or Larry? Of course, Tennessee was similarly a fundamentally formal writer, and he was not trying to write the way people speak on the street. Yet, the dream that destroys Willy is not one that he has chosen. To the protagonist of Death of a Salesman, the American Dream is the ability to become prosperous by mere charisma. Everyone wants to become the president of America, but when he fails to achieves his dreams, he becomes frustrated.
I don't have a thing in the ground. In a new, better educated America, the main character, Joe Keller, struggles to accept that his hard work and dedication to his business is not enough. Some might recognize his good taste or know a bit about his carpentry skills and his passion for making practical furniture. It is evident in their statement that they blame Willy's ambitious character as the cause of his death, and that his methods are wrong in achieving the American Dream. A more persuasive explanation, I'm afraid, is that if the bomb been dropped in the ocean after the Japanese had been warned to expect a demonstration of a terrible new weapon, and had it been a dud, a dead iron ball splashing into the sea, Truman's unwillingness to kill would have threatened his leadership altogether and his power, personally and symbolically, would have lost credibility.
A friend of mine once said that there were only two truly national events in the history of the United States. The room fell silent as Arthur contemplated this discovery. Through each decade of his astonishing life, he has managed to be deeply touched and to have deeply touched many. © Arthur Miller 1955, reprinted with permission. Consequently, Miller points out how this persistent pursuing of money lead Keller to lose his sense of morality and his values, and by this, he loses everything in the end. What was it like to witness that? But the powers that be seem perfectly content to have it that way.