Dr. Scott Cole
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Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller, Theatrical Examination, American Dream
Acting | Dramatic Literature, Criticism and Theory | Performance Studies | Theatre and Performance Studies
Willy Loman is a salesman who is nearing the end of his life. As his mind begins to deteriorate, the viewer experiences several memories, dreams, arguments, and conversations that Willy has had. The Loman family in the play is in a perpetual cycle of denial, confrontation, and contradictions. Willy is most notably difficulty on his eldest son, Biff, who does not seem to live up to Willy’s expectations. The play tragically ends with Willy’s suicide and funeral. This theatrical version of the play will focus on the problematic issues that arise from chasing the notion of the “American Dream.” It will examine the stigma around the decline of Willy’s mental health and explain how chasing the “American Dream” can make us blind to our own health.
Chisnell, Kylie, "Death of a Salesman: A Theatrical Examination of the “American Dream” on the Human Psyche and the Effects on Aging on the Mind." (2022). Honors Projects. 246.
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