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Death of a Salesman

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'For a salesman, there is no rock bottom to life. He don't put a bolt to a nut, he don't tell you the law or give you medicine. He's a man way out there in the blue, riding on a smile and a shoeshine.'

Willy Loman has been a salesman for 34 years. At 60, he is cast aside, his usefulness now exhausted. With no future to dream about he must face the crushing disappointments o
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Hardcover, 117 pages
Published March 18th 1994 by Heinemann Library (first published 1949)
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Edward Richmond Why do you think so? You're making a pretty controversial claim, so it would be smart of you to give some actual reasons for your opinion.

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Why do you think so? You're making a pretty controversial claim, so it would be smart of you to give some actual reasons for your opinion.

See, I did not enjoy this play, but I think it's not always necessary for me to enjoy literature. It's nice when literature is thought-provoking, powerfully emotional, and also enjoyable to read. But sometimes literature evokes emotional responses that nobody really enjoys. I think Death of a Salesman is a really good example of that.

So do I like it? Nope. Is it an important work that grapples with serious questions? Yep.

This play asks really hard questions. What's the American Dream? Is it worth chasing? Is there a right or wrong way to chase it? How should sons feel about fathers who disappoint them? What makes a father a success or a failure?

These are all worth discussion, and this play discusses these concerns at length.

Most people who don't like the play seem to have one of three objections. 1) They think it's depressing, 2) they think the characters are unlikable, or 3) they don't like Miller's conclusion that Willy's idea of success is both ethically and financially bankrupt, because it depends on people liking him, rather than on his actually being a good person or producing something of lasting value.

To which I almost always say: you don't have to like it for it to be good, or even great. Some kinds of art are great in a way that is pleasurable. But some art is great because it forces you to look at an ugly truth. This play is that kind of art.

I mean, seriously, what's to LIKE about this play? It's about a man who fails as a salesman because he relies on being liked, rather than on being good at sales, and who fails as a father because he taught his sons to value being likable and handsome instead of talented, hardworking or ambitious, and who finally decides that he's worth more dead than alive, because at least if he kills himself and makes it look like an accident, his wife and kids will get the insurance money.

It's a lengthy meditation on the meaning of success, both within the framework of the American Dream, and in terms of what it means to be a good husband, father, brother, or son.(less)
Matthew Death of a Salesman is a book with many questions and let me say the force be with you young padawan. Willy Loman is no jedi yet, therefore he can't…moreDeath of a Salesman is a book with many questions and let me say the force be with you young padawan. Willy Loman is no jedi yet, therefore he can't grasp the forces his son yoda and mace windu can(less)
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Nayra.Hassan
Jun 30, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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احلامك بسيطة
عملك بسيط
دنياك بسيطة ..
فهل هذا مبرر كافي لترحمك الحياة؟بالطبع لا ...فلا مكان فيها للبسطاء

ويلي لومان ثرثار مهزار؛ لا يلفت الانظار. .
عاش 35عام يطوف بسيارته المليئة بالعينات على الولايات يسحر الزبائن
و عندما تعدى الستين ..و تراجعت قدراته الاقناعية. .◾
اخذ تدريجيا درسه القاسي🔚 "ليس للمرء في هذه الحياة الا ما يستطيع ان يبيعه" و يفطن الى ان الحياة العصرية المتحضرة طحنته بين انيابها

رائعة آرثر ميللر العبقرية...
مثلما يحلم كل ممثل بريطاني بأداء هاملت يحلم كل ممثل أمريكي باداء" لومان "الذي يجسد
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Ahmad Sharabiani
Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller
Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was the recipient of the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play.
تاریخ نخستین خوانش: روز پانزدهم ماه می سال 1976 میلادی
عنوان: مرگ فروشنده - نمایشنامه در دو پرده؛ اثر: آرتور میلر؛ برگردان: عطاءالله نوریان؛ مشخصات نشر: تهران، انتشارات پویا، 1351، در 213 ص، چاپ دیگر: تهران، رز، چاپ دوم 1355؛ چاپ دیگر: تهران، نشر قطره، 1382، در 180 ص؛ چاپ چهارم نشر قطره، 1386؛ شا
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Annet
A Classic with a big C. I can see why.
It's not a happy story. A story about a troubled family. About getting older and getting cast aside after years of hard work, never having quite made it. About big expectations, never met. Infidelity. About the estranged relationship between father and son. A father, what's he doing? Panicking because he is loosing his job.... loosing his grip on things... on his boys.... hallucinating even?Present and past events or even imagined flow in and out of the sto
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Melki
Jan 27, 2013 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man.

There's something to be said for waiting until later in life to read certain books. The struggles of Willy Loman would have meant little to my younger, more impatient self.
Now, the huge amount of time Loman spends dreaming of his halcyon days strikes a chord with me.

Memory has a way of making everything seem bigger, brighter and better than it actually was.
People have a tendency to dwell on the past when the present turns out to be not as t
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RachelAnne
Jun 18, 2007 rated it did not like it
Hate! Hate! Oh, the hate! Arthur Miller does a beautiful job of conveying the emptiness and meaninglessness of his protagonist's life. It left me wanting to jump off a very tall building if only I could overcome the crushing ennui and the conviction that even ending ones life was too meaningless and futile to contemplate. Maybe that means Miller accomplished what he set out to do, but I don't have to like it.
Steven Godin
The action below takes place in the GR cafeteria.....


GR: Do you mind, is this seat taken?
STEVEN: No, please do!
GR: How are you today?
STEVEN: Fine
GR: Could you spare a few moments?
STEVEN: Sure
GR: So, what did you think of Death of a Salesman?
STEVEN: Great!, the venue may have been small, but that just made the whole experience more intimate. I parked myself in a seat somewhere near the back and in the middle, so had a good panoramic view of the stage, the performances from all the cast were go
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Manny
Dec 20, 2008 rated it liked it
ME: Good evening and welcome to part 3 of "Newt Gingrich meets Arthur Miller". As you may know, Mr Gingrich has recently been encouraging Americans to read Miller's works. Our third episode is devoted to Death of a Salesman, which--

LAWYER: Hold it right there.

ME: I'm sorry? Is there a problem?

LAWYER: Oh, go on and pretend you don't know what this is about. The "salesman" you're referring to is my client, President Donald Trump. "Death" is too obvious to be worth commenting on. Like so many liber
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Brian
Feb 16, 2016 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
"Attention must be paid."

The only time I saw "Death of a Salesman" professionally performed I was almost 19 and I wept for most of the second act. I have not read or seen it since, but recently returned to it. 16 years after my first encounter with this piece I still am moved by it, but for very different reasons. I guess that is what makes it a classic.
The protagonist of the play, the iconic Willy Loman, is a frustrating, loser of a man who frankly has been a cruel fool his entire life. He is j
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Nicci
Apr 04, 2007 rated it it was amazing
In this book, Arthur Miller's masterpiece, one finds the reason that Miller was blacklisted during the Red Scare. His undisguised longing for a break from the class system and his disdain for the so-called "American Dream" are nothing short of remarkable.

Within Willy Lowman resides the typical American Dream with no reality. Overtaken by industrialism and materialism, this character represents the absolute failure of society's promise of economic prosperity. His life ends in the most tragic and
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Brian Yahn
Mar 28, 2016 rated it really liked it
Dreams have a dark side, and Death of a Salesman makes that painfully obvious.

Willy Loman, like all of us, just wants to be successful. And although at the start of the play he's amounted to nothing but failure, it's not from bad intention, it's not from lack of trying, it's from his ignorance. Willy thinks that success is measured in wealth, and the key to that is being well-liked. But he tries to cheat his way to wealth (instead of work hard and learn from his mistakes), so he ends up with no
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من رو یاد چند تا فیلم و نمایشنامه دیگه انداخت، از گلنگری گلن راس و جک لمونش، تا اتوبوسی به نام هوس و مارلون براندوش - آیا این شیوه در دوره ای مورد علاقه ی روشنفکرهای امریکایی بوده؟ نمی دونم.
حقیقتش من گلنگری رو خیلی بیشتر دوست داشتم. با هر دو فروشنده (ویلی لومان و شلی لوین) احساس همدردی می کردم، و توی هر دو نمایشنامه هم واقعیت با سختی و خشونت تمام آدم رو زیر لگد می گرفت، اما داستان گلنگری به نظرم کمتر احساساتی بود. توی مرگ فروشنده عشق پدر و پسری یه ذره همچین بگی نگی هالیوودی بود.

(توی کامنت اول تر
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Hamid
May 12, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
چه نمایشنامه خوب و متفاوتی بود
James
May 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
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Book Review
Arthur Miller is a fantastic writer. 4 of 5 stars to one his most known works, Death of a Salesman, written in 1949. Most Americans read this in middle school as a required book for their English courses. I am not positive when I read this, but I re-read it as part of my English degree in college. I enjoyed it more the second-time around, but it is still a very rough book to read. Not in terms of bad writing, but in terms of topics and emotions.

It focuses on the Loman family. The
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FeReSHte
Jan 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to FeReSHte by: Sara Alaee
Shelves: play, america
این روزها انگار که از خوندن نمایشنامه خیلی لذت میبرم...مرگ یک فروشنده هم از اون شاهکارهای فوق العاده بود با یه ریتم معمولی شروع میشه ولی از یه جایی به بعد رها کردنش ناممکن

کل اثر رو میخونید تا انگار که همه جوانب تناقض سیستم سرمایه داری با طبیعت بشری رو لمس کنید...مرد فروشنده ای که تا سالم و جوان و پرانرژی بود خواسته میشد ولی حالا که بیشتر از هر وقت دیگه ای به کمک و حمایت احتیاج داره بی رحمانه از سیستم کنار گذاشته میشه...بی توجه به همه ی عواقب ریز و درشتی که با مرگ و زندگیش سر و کار داره

رفت و برگش
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Susan Budd
Recently Goodreads added a Rereading Feature so members can keep track of all the times they’ve read a book. I wonder how many times I’ve read Death of a Salesman.

The first time I read it was in high school and I didn’t really like it. In later years I developed an appreciation for the play and assigned it to my college literature classes. I even got a VHS tape of the 1985 film with Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich and watched it with my students.

Now I find myself again teaching a literature
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نعیمه بخشی
خیلی دلم میخواهد یک اجرای خوب از این نمایش را ببینم، بیشتر به دلیل ساختار آن. تماشای جابهجایی زمان در صحنه تئاتر باید جالب باشد. همهی جذابیت «مرگ فروشنده» برای من در همین تاریکروشن صحنه است. اینکه کسی از گذشته میآید، نور صحنه او را روشن میکند و باز در تاریکی فرو میرود. داستان، چندان پرکشش نیست. به ویژه اینکه همه میدانیم ویلی بیچاره قرار است بمیرد. استعداد خودکشی هم که دارد پس پایان از همان عنوان هویداست. اما در هم فرو رفتگی زمان است که در کنار گره گشودن از تعدادی ابهام، نمایشنامه را جذاب میکند. ...more
Ahmed
Jun 11, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
الفاتنة مارلين مونرو وهي تقرأ المسرحية :


وفاة بائع متجوّل ..... آرثر ميللر

للحق : بريق آرثر ميللر بالنسبة لي يتمثل في نقطتين أساسيتين وهما :
الأولى منهما وهي ارتباطه بطيبة الذكر عطرة السيرة الجميلة دائمًا وأبدًا : مارلين مونرو ,وهي لها من البريق ما يغلب على أي شخص ارتبط بها , ورغم خيانته لها , إلا أنه يبقى من رائحتها .
والنقطة الثانية : أنه من القلائل الذين حرص نجيب محفوظ على الالتقاء به في زيارته للقاهرة , ومن النادرين الذي ذهب لهم محفوظ بنفسه لمقابلته وهذا لو تعلمون عظيم.

ومن كل ذلك فقد ارتبط ميللر
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D.B. Woodling
Aug 05, 2016 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Audiences that appreciate exceptional writing and the human conditiion
Arthur Miller, one of the greatest playwrights to date, captures the frailty that is the human condition in his Pulitzer Prize-winning-drama, Death of a Salesman. The main character, Willy Loman, epitomizes the average hardworking male, manically struggling to fulfill unattainable dreams.

Loman now reaching the age of retirement and coming to terms with his physical limitations, Miller’s superior use of dialogue easily conveys Willy's gut-wrenching urgency to pass the baton to his disinterested
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Michael
I really hate giving this book (well, play) one star. I hate giving any "classic" one star, for that matter. It must have gone down in history for a reason, and is beloved by many. In most classics like this, even if I don't like the story, characters, etc., I usually can find that "spark" that has made it so popular for so many years. But I can honestly say that I found no redeeming qualities in Death of a Salesman. None whatsoever. Sigh.

Maybe I would have been more comfortable actually seeing
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Farnoosh Farahbakht
با یک نگاه به اطراف یا حتی به خودمون "فروشنده هایی"رو میبینیم که هر روز در حال مرگ هستند."فروشنده هایی" که برای رسیدن به یک زندگی رویایی هر روز زیر بار قرض ، قسط و استرس آینده له میشن و دیگه فرصتی نیست برای زندگی
نمایشنامه "مرگ فروشنده" داستان تنهایی و درماندگی مردی است که سال ها برای رسیدن به خوشبختی در یک جامعه صنعتی و سرمایه داری دویده و حالا که پیر و از کار افتاده شده در خلا و بدون هیچ پشتوانه ای رها میشه و اونقدر خوب تصویر سازی شده که در حین خوندنش صحنه ها خیلی شفاف توی ذهن مجسم میشه
Jonathan Terrington
"I don't say he's a great man. Willie Loman never made a lot of money. His name was never in the paper. He's not the finest character that ever lived. But he's a human being, and a terrible thing is happening to him. So attention must be paid. He's not to be allowed to fall in his grave like an old dog. Attention, attention must finally be paid to such a person."

Attention, attention must finally be paid... So sounds out Arthur Miller's cry to observe that every individual, every human being must
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Maryam
Jan 26, 2018 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
نمایشنامه ای جذاب و خواندنی. امیدوارم به زودی روی صحنه هم ببینمش:-)
Camie
Nov 25, 2016 rated it liked it
A book many apparently studied and hated in High-school, and no doubt I would have as well. I have no idea why that age group would be interested in the Story of Willie Loman our 60 year old "salesman" here, as he's looking back over his life. Has he been successful, or has he not, is he a tragic dreamer, a hero, or like most of us somewhere in between ? If you're not old enough to have asked these questions of yourself, this book most likely is not for you, that said it's been around since 1949 ...more
Mobina J
Aug 29, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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نهایت درماندگی. نهایت دلمردگی... وقتی گذشته و خاطرات، ناكامی ها و آرزوها حالت را می بلعد و تو نا توانی
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لا تدع الأمر يختلط عليك بين أرثر ميلر، وهنري ميلر .. فكلاهما أميريكيان شهيران ، إلا أن أرثر ميلر ليس عدمياً عدمية مطلقة، فمسرحه ليس عبثياً، وربما تظن للحظة أثناء قراءتك للمسرحية أنك تتجه إلي العبثية مثل مسرح بيكيت، لا ، بالعكس .. فالمسرحية واقعية للغاية ، لا مكان فيها للخطأ، أو العبث، هي واقعية للدرجة التي تجعلك تري المجتمع كله مختصراً في أحداث عائلة ويلي لومان

بالطبع ستشعر بالشف
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Sara Alaee
Jan 23, 2015 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: classic, play
“Death of a salesman” is an amazing classic in its true sense. It’s gripping, moving, touching and painful. In a world where everybody’s judged by his/her material accomplishments and investments, this profound piece of literature may be an alarming notion that what matters is not necessarily what one seeks or desires. Life’s merely a matter of living for the sake of others: A man is useful as long as he contributes to the society and useless once he stops. In such society there is no motivation ...more
Ahmed Oraby
على الرغم من إني دايمًا بحاول الادعاء عدم تفضيلي للأدب العدمي والسرديات الكئيبة للوجود، لكن من ذا الذي يستطيع أن يدعي لا واقعية هذا العمل؟
هذا العمل - والله - بمثابة صفعة على وجه الواحد كده، كي يعود إلى عالم الواقع، ويدرك كوس خالص، أن الحياة ليست بهذه البساطة.
عمل كئيب جميل يليق بيوم حار مثل هذا اليوم
Kimberly
Nov 19, 2009 rated it it was amazing
Oh the tragedy! This is so good to read though, I feel as though this book has to be read with someone because you must have someone to debrief with about the happenings throughout the plot. Good 'ol Willy.
Kamal Sabry Shaker
ماذا يقلقك يا صديقى ويللى؟ سأقص عليكم ما يقلق ويللى ويقلقكم أيضاً:
- من منا لم تحاصره هموم عمله وهموم يومه وهموم رزقه .. من منا لم يظل حبيس التفكير فى الرزق والمستقبل .. مستقبله مستقبل أبناؤه من بعده .. المستقبل القريب والمستقبل البعيد.
- من منا لم تراوده خيالات الحلم الأمريكى .. الحلم الأمريكى بالثراء السريع فى سن صغير والتمتع بالمال وإنفاقه.
- من منا لم يخاف على طريقة تعليم أولاده على مستوى ما يتلقون من تعليم, على مستويات تحصيلهم مما يتعلمون .. يجتهد وبشدة فى توفير أفضل طريقة تعليم لأبنائه .. هل
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Arthur Asher Miller was an American playwright and essayist. He was a prominent figure in American literature and cinema for over 61 years, writing a wide variety of plays, including celebrated plays such as The Crucible, A View from the Bridge, All My Sons, and Death of a Salesman, which are still studied and performed worldwide. Miller was often in the public eye, most famously for refusing to g ...more
“Why am I trying to become what I don’t want to be … when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am.” 252 likes
“The jungle is dark but full of diamonds, Willy.” 152 likes
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