Quote open clear3 In America, you're a winner until you lose. Quote close clear2
~Stephen Colbert
The Colbert Report February 14, 2007

Death salesman

Death of a Salesman is Arthur Miller's celebrated American play about a salesman named Willy Loman.

Spoiler Alert:Edit

  • The salesman dies.


The play won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. It is based on the true story of an American capitalist who did everything right:

  • He was in sales, doing his part in the front lines to expand the economy;
  • He held company with a mistress like all successful capitalists do;
  • He lied to his wife and sons when necessary in order to protect them.

Yet, even after doing all these things, Willy ultimately failed. Miller read Willy's tragic story on The Internets and felt that the only reason why Willy was not a winner was he was burdened with the unfortunate surname of "Loman", which his customers read as "Low-man". He used this point as the main theme of the biographical play. The American public lauded Miller's refreshing insight; liberals of the era were blaming Loman's failure on his negative attitude.

The American DreamEdit

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...if you went to Yale, belonged to Skull and Bones, and happened to be a member of the nonexistent social class structure, you would be preordained by The Baby Jesus and the Supreme Court to do what your father did?

Death of a Salesman is considered by many to be the pinnacle of modern literary work on the American Dream. The idea of the American Dream is as old as America itself. Unlike the Old World, the New World that America belongs to has no social class structure, so a man can do whatever he wants to, rather than merely having the option of doing exactly what his father did.

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An example of who Willy Loman would be today, if only he had been given a decent surname.

Attitude Means NothingEdit

The administration of the The Greatest President - EVER! proved that your surname means everything and that you can achieve anything in the Land of Opportunity, regardless of your attitude.


After Death of a Salesman became a runaway Broadway hit, Miller used his surname to his advantage, feeding many bottles of Miller beer to Marilyn Monroe in order to bag her.

Who is the novel about?Edit


It was about Billy Mays, not Willy Loman

Historians believe that the book was about the future life of Billy Mays and that it foreshadowed his death.

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