Death of a salesman Review

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Death of a salesman Review

  1. 1. ContentsWhy this book?The authorThe plotLanguage and remarkable expressions
  2. 2. The AuthorArthur Miller (1915-2005)He was an American playwright and essayist.Prominent figure in American theatre, writing dramas that includeplays such as “All my sons” (1947), “Death of a Salesman” (1949), “TheCrucible” (1953) and “A view from the Bridge” (1955-56).He was often in the public eye, particularly during the late 1940s,1950s, and early 1960s.He received the Pulitzer prize for drama (1949) and the Prince ofAsturias award (2002).
  3. 3. He was married to Marilyn Monroe (1956-1961).
  4. 4. The PlotMajor Characters Happy Linda Conformist mysterious Lives in his enigmatic brother’s shadow Willy Loman (The Salesman) Biff childish Inflated expectations self-deluded Rebellious spirit a loser, a failure as a man mentally degenerating
  5. 5. Main Ideas •Willy’s state of mind (his mental degeneration) and his working conditions and dismissal. •Willy’s image as an American anti-hero. (consumerism and materialism). •Willy’s relationship with his son Biff.
  6. 6. Language Register: Informal English with emphasis on middle-class American lingo. Expressions Gee (interjection): An expression of surprise of enthusiasm. (to) be tired to the death (to) be a pest: Be a annoying person, specially a child. “Coulda”= could have Crestfallen: disappointed and sad because of having failed in something. (to) fade away: to slowly disappear, lose importance or become weaker. To flunk: to fail an examination or course of study. “Gotta” = (have) go to “Kinda”= kind of Knock’em dead: used to tell someone to perform or play as well as they can. “Lotta”= lot of (to) make a point of doing sth: to always do something or to take particular care to do something. Mixed-up = confused “Shoulda”= should have Well-liked: liked by many people. Wire: telegram “You make mountains out of molehills”: to make a slight difficulty seem like a serious problem.

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