Death of a salesman is a 1949 play written by american playwright arthur miller it won the 1949 pulitzer prize for drama and tony award for best play the play premiered on broadway in february 1949 running for 742 performances and has been revived on broadway four times . Salesman willy loman is in a crisis hes about to lose his job he cant pay his bills and his sons biff and happy dont respect him and cant seem to live up to their potential he wonders what went wrong and how he can make things up to his family. Death of a salesman is an examination of the hollow nature of the american dream willy loman is driven by the values of his country and the success of his brother ben who walked into the jungle . Characters see a complete list of the characters in death of a salesman and in depth analyses of willy loman biff loman happy loman and linda loman and charley. The fact that performances of death of a salesman have met with acclaim throughout the world testifies to its universality the plays conflicts and themes appear not to be uniquely american
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