Death of a Salesman, The Playwright by Arthur Miller

Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesperson To state that the playwright by Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesperson can not equate or cross cultural and racial borders is total lack of knowledge and goes against what makes this piece of literature a classic. The timelessness and universality of a work of literature is what makes it fantastic and stand the test of time.

If Death of a Salesman did not have this “universality,” this ability to translate to any audience within any time duration then it would not be considered traditional American literature and would have definitely not been performed around of the world in several distinction languages as it was throughout the years.

According to August Wilson in 1996, “To mount an all-black production of Death of a Salesman or any other play developed for white stars as an examination of the human condition through the specifics of white culture is to reject us our own humanity, our own history …” I think that this declaration is partially true nevertheless not entirely. By considering the time period in which the playwright occurs (1949) it is possible to state that not all, if not any African Americans shared the very same fixation to be an excellent salesman like Willy Loman.

Nevertheless in my viewpoint the time duration in which the playwright occurs is not a significant factor and does not affect the characters drastically because no matter the time duration working class Americans have constantly struggled, whether in the 1940s or 2000s. Death of a Salesman has universality mainly because the characters are so quickly relatable; not only are the characters relatable however so are the scenarios in which those characters deal with.

Willy has problem paying his pays bills which is quickly relatable to anyone who has ever owned something of their own. What I think makes this playwright personal and the reasons numerous individuals all over the world enjoy it are the relationships in which the characters have with each other. Many people regardless of race or color have personal problems with their daddy or mom who puts pressure on them to be successful when all they are ever trying to do is discover who they truly are.

To me this is a common theme in life due to the fact that many people go through this and it isn’t constantly pleasant. Although John Lahr makes some well supported arguments on why he thinks Death of a Salesperson can not be performed by an all African American cast, I believe he is making too much of a focus on the time duration. Without a doubt African Americans would not be obsessed with being terrific salespersons in the 1940s due to the fact that they are fighting with more vital problems like attempting to make it through.

Nevertheless this playwright is classic and no place in the play does it mention an exact date although it is suggested, but suggested or not the problems and character are those of everyday life, no matter what the race. Everyone can relate to this playwright in some way shape or type which is why it has stood the test of time. It sends out a strong message to the audience and whether it can be performed by an African American cast or a Chinese cast or Spanish cast is simply a matter of opinion because no matter what the time period all of us go through the issues the Lomans have.

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