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Arthur Miller and the American
Dream
Arthur Miller (1915-2005)
• For an author, he was rather well-known for
his time.
• He testified before the House of Un-American
Activities. Based on his experiences with
HUAC, he wrote The Crucible, based on the
Salem Witch Trials.
• And most importantly, he married Marilyn
Monroe!
Arthur miller and the american dream
Death of a Salesman (1949)
• Miller wrote Act I of Death of a Salesman in
one day, and then wrote Act II within six
weeks.
• He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
Major Characters

Willy Loman- the salesman who is past his prime, and who was never
an exceptional businessman in his prime
Linda Loman- Willy's wife who loves him despite all of his difficulties
Biff Loman- Willy's eldest son for whom he had dreams of greatness
Happy Loman- Willy's younger son
Charley- Willy's neighbor; he is like a brother to Willy
Bernard- Charley's son
Ben- Willy's brother who left home very early and became
tremendously wealthy; appears only in Willy's daydreams
Howard Wagner - son of former owner of the Wagner Company; he
now runs the firm and has put Willy on straight commission
The Woman - Willy's mistress from Boston
Miss Forsythe and Letta - Two girls Happy picks up at the restaurant
Major Characters

Willy Loman- the salesman who is past his prime, and who was never
an exceptional businessman in his prime
Linda Loman- Willy's wife who loves him despite all of his difficulties
Biff Loman- Willy's eldest son for whom he had dreams of greatness
Happy Loman- Willy's younger son
Charley- Willy's neighbor; he is like a brother to Willy
Bernard- Charley's son
Ben- Willy's brother who left home very early and became
tremendously wealthy; appears only in Willy's daydreams
Howard Wagner - son of former owner of the Wagner Company; he
now runs the firm and has put Willy on straight commission
The Woman - Willy's mistress from Boston
Miss Forsythe and Letta - Two girls Happy picks up at the restaurant

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Arthur miller and the american dream

  • 1. Arthur Miller and the American Dream
  • 2. Arthur Miller (1915-2005) • For an author, he was rather well-known for his time. • He testified before the House of Un-American Activities. Based on his experiences with HUAC, he wrote The Crucible, based on the Salem Witch Trials. • And most importantly, he married Marilyn Monroe!
  • 4. Death of a Salesman (1949) • Miller wrote Act I of Death of a Salesman in one day, and then wrote Act II within six weeks. • He won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama
  • 5. Major Characters Willy Loman- the salesman who is past his prime, and who was never an exceptional businessman in his prime Linda Loman- Willy's wife who loves him despite all of his difficulties Biff Loman- Willy's eldest son for whom he had dreams of greatness Happy Loman- Willy's younger son Charley- Willy's neighbor; he is like a brother to Willy Bernard- Charley's son Ben- Willy's brother who left home very early and became tremendously wealthy; appears only in Willy's daydreams Howard Wagner - son of former owner of the Wagner Company; he now runs the firm and has put Willy on straight commission The Woman - Willy's mistress from Boston Miss Forsythe and Letta - Two girls Happy picks up at the restaurant
  • 6. Major Characters Willy Loman- the salesman who is past his prime, and who was never an exceptional businessman in his prime Linda Loman- Willy's wife who loves him despite all of his difficulties Biff Loman- Willy's eldest son for whom he had dreams of greatness Happy Loman- Willy's younger son Charley- Willy's neighbor; he is like a brother to Willy Bernard- Charley's son Ben- Willy's brother who left home very early and became tremendously wealthy; appears only in Willy's daydreams Howard Wagner - son of former owner of the Wagner Company; he now runs the firm and has put Willy on straight commission The Woman - Willy's mistress from Boston Miss Forsythe and Letta - Two girls Happy picks up at the restaurant