Death Of A Salesman By, Arthur Miller

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Summary

The book is about a salesmen early in his 60s named Willy Loman. Willy is a salesman who struggles to make ends meet and works till exhaustion everyday. Over time, he grows a mental disorder which ultimately takes control of his life. He becomes a burden to his wife Linda and begins to feel hatred for his son Biff. All of these factors lead into him slowly losing his sanity and become harsh and hostile towards his family and friends.

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Personal Evaluation

The book is very interesting and easy to read. The book is short though at times it tends to get boring. The story does become confusing at times because the characters have flashbacks and it takes time to adjust. It also gets confusing because the main character (Willy) starts to loose his sanity and daydreams. The reader is put in the daydream unexpectedly and are never sure if the events taking place are real or imagination until it is revealed. Though it is a quick and easy book without much depth, it tends to get confusing and drags on to tell unnecessary subplots. I do recommend the book because readers will enjoy reading a quick and short book without having to worry about it being too complicated and difficult to read.

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Quote

"WILLY: Like a young god. Hercules—something like that. And the sun, the sun all around him. Remember how he waved to me? Right up from the field with the representatives of three colleges standing by? And the buyers I brought, and the cheers when he came out—Loman, Loman, Loman! God Almighty, he’ll be great yet. A star like that, magnificent, can never really fade away" (51).

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