ContentsWhy this book?The authorThe plotLanguage and remarkable expressions
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).
The PlotMajor 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
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.
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.