First performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman is a play by Arthur Miller that explores the promises and perils of the American Dream. As the Loman family struggles with what it means to be successful and happy in post-war America, its members serve as symbolic representations of the struggle to define that dream. Explore a character analysis of Willy Loman, the plot summary, and important quotes.


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