Context


In the tradition of Henrik Ibsen and Clifford Odets, Arthur Miller sought to be a voice of conscience as well as a consummate dramatist. Death of a Salesman, Miller’s masterpiece, links free-market capitalism to the devaluing of the American worker and, ultimately, the disintegration of the American family. A culture which values the acquisition of boundless wealth over all things will become, the playwright implies, a culture at odds with honesty, integrity, and even love.

Five actors have memorably played leading role Willy Loman on Broadway: Lee J. Cobb, George C. Scott, Dustin Hoffman,

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