Hire Writer Willy is deceived into believing that the possession of these things is tantamount to success. Perhaps the most suggestive symbol presented in the story is that of the car. Community and family pride are symbolized in the weekend excursions and polishing. Still, the car also signifies the instrument by which the protagonist earns a living.
Index Acknowledgments I would like to thank Dialogue Series Editor Michael Meyer for choosing me to edit this volume; I thank him for his advice and encouragement.
I also thank the Rodopi editorial staff, particularly Fred van der Zee and Marieke Schilling, for their assistance. I thank the talented, industrious, and patient thirteen contributors of this volume.
I wish to thank my outstanding and supportive department head, Alan Gribben, and my dear friends and colleagues Bob Evans, Jeff Melton, and Mollie Folmar. Alex Kaufman, my esteemed friend and colleague who is a former student of contributor Steven Centola, provided invaluable computer assistance.
I also thank computer specialists Carl Simpson and Florian Weber for their help. I also thank my wonderful wife Jillmy parents Robert and Marianneand my two children Scott and Sarah.
With deep sadness I mention the death of renowned Arthur Miller scholar, Dr. Steve selected the American Dream topic for himself and Michelle Nass. He will be missed. Benson, to submit an essay for a book he was working on. I was unpublished at the time and was unsure and hesitant about my writing talent, but I realized that I had nothing to lose.
Surprisingly, my good fortune continued when several months after the book appeared, Tetsumaro Hayashi, a renowned Steinbeck scholar, asked me to serve as one of the three assistant editors of The Steinbeck Quarterly, then being published at Ball State University.
As the designated editor of a Steinbeck centenary collection, I found myself roundly questioned about the essays I had chosen for inclusion in the book. My choices of quality essays by lesser known authors seemed unacceptable.
New voices were unwelcome; it was the tried and true that were greeted with open arms. Yet these scholars had no need for further publications and often offered few original insights into the Steinbeck canon.
Sadly, xii Preface from the General Editor the originality of the lesser-known essayists met with hostility; the doors were closed, perhaps even locked tight, against their innovative approaches and readings that took issue with scholars whose authority and expertise had long been unquestioned.
My goal was to open discussions between experienced scholars and those who were just beginning their academic careers and had not yet broken through the publication barriers. Dialogue would be fostered rather than discouraged. Happily, the press was willing to give the concept a try and gave me a wide scope in determining not only the texts to be covered but also in deciding who would edit the individual volumes.
The Death of a Salesman volume that appears here is the third attempt at this unique approach to criticism. It features several well-known Miller experts and several other essayists whose reputation is not so widespread but whose keen insights skillfully inform the text.
It is my hope that as each title appears, the Dialogue series will foster not only renewed interest in each of the chosen works but that each will bring forth new ideas as well as fresh interpretations from heretofore silenced voices.
In this atmosphere, a healthy interchange of criticism can develop, one that will allow even dissent and opposite viewpoints to be expressed without fear that such stances may be seen as negative or counter-productive.
May you, the reader, discover much to value in these new approaches to issues that have fascinated readers for decades and to books that have long stimulated our imaginations and our critical discourse. Meyer Essay Topics for Dialogue: Or does Miller make a statement about gender by portraying his male characters as anti-feminist?
Does Miller depict the American Dream as desirable yet essentially unattainable? Or does Willy Loman simply misunderstand how to achieve his goals?
Bigsby has suggested, a misguided Huck Finn who makes the same mistake again, heading out alone and putting his faith in movement rather than in human relationships?
Photo courtesy of Frank C. Because it might be too constraining and inhibiting to have the writers respond to specific aspects and passages from the essay with which theirs is paired, the authors instead enjoy the freedom to explore the topic as they see fit, an approach which leads to thoughtprovoking and unique perspectives and to more productive chapters.
The essay topic concerning the role of women in Death of a Salesman provides a sound example. Bailey McDaniel, who wrote her essay as a doctoral student at Indiana University and who is about to begin her career at the University of Houston—Downtown, wrote on this topic.
Both are fine contributions to the book, yet the distinctions between them manifest changes that have occurred in the literary profession over the past few decades: Sterling 2 Both approaches are valuable and are well represented in this volume.
The topics confront integral themes in the play and discuss the following issues: The Role of Women The aforementioned six topics focus on essential and controversial issues in Death of a Salesman, thus allowing this Rodopi volume to cover major themes in the drama.
It is disturbing, perhaps, that Linda realizes that Willy is thinking about committing suicide with the aid of the rubber pipe, yet she chooses to return it to the cellar where he can find it. And although Willy considers Linda his foundation, he cheats on her with Miss Francis, whom he callously discards when Biff finds her in the hotel room in Boston.
Willy manifests his disregard for women not only by committing adultery but also by throwing Miss Francis out of his hotel room, leaving her to walk naked through the hallway. He tosses her around as if she is a football: Happy also refers to the first woman he slept with, Betty, as a pig 21and it is clear that he uses women as weapons for revenge.
Because he is unable to succeed in the business world, Happy compensates by exploiting women sexually in order to exact vengeance on men who climb ahead of him on the corporate ladder.Symbolism in Death of a salesman Many symbols are incorporated into the play "Death of a Sales man" and they in turn relate to both character and theme.
The hose, tape recorder and the seeds are some of these symbols. Guerin Bliquez’s essay “Linda’s Role in Death of a Salesman” and Beverly Hume’s publication “Linda Loman as ‘the Woman’ in Miller’s Death of a Salesman” consider Arthur Miller’s play with gender and/or Linda’s presence as the primary issue of the criticism/5(6).
Revise Death of a Salesman and The Old Man and the Sea Most importantly, re-read both of the books. I recommend making notes as you read, collecting ideas together on separate pieces of paper under the headings of different characters, themes or settings.5/5(1). What the tape recorder symbolizes The change in the protagonist’s life by means of the advancement in technology is symbolized by the tape recorder.
Likewise, it symbolizes the end of his career as a . Death of a Salesman: Symbols Many symbols are incorporated into the play "Death of a Sales man" and they in turn relate to both character and theme.
The hose, tape recorder and the seeds are some of these symbols. Role of Women in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Death of a Salesman is of course about a salesman, but it is also about the American dream of success.
Somewhere in between the narrowest topic, the death of a salesman, and the largest topic, the examination of American values, is Miller's picture of the American family.