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A Search for Identity in Arthur Miller Play's All My Sons, Death of a Salesman, The Crucible and A View from the Bridge
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When the twentieth century is history and American drama viewed in perspective the plays of Arthur Miller will undoubtedly be preserved in the annals of dramatic literature Millers eminence as a dramatist is primarily based on four plays he wrote in early in his career The four plays are All My Sons 1947 Death of a Salesman 1949 The Crucible 1953 and A View from the Bridge 1955 Insisting that the individual is doomed to frustration when he once gains his consciousness of his own identity Although his later works are considered inferior to his earlier masterpieces Miller remains among the most important influential dramatist to be born in the United States since World War II Critics praise his effective use of vernacular moral insight and strong sense of social responsibility Millers major achievement is Death of a Salesman in 1949 It won the 1949 Pulitzer Prize for drama and the 1949 New York Drama Critics Circle Award for best play of the year It was cited as one of the finest plays by a contempory dramatist Miller Arthur page 1 Miller synthesizes elements from social and psychological realism to depict the individuals search for identity within a society especially in Death of a Salesman World Literature Criticism page 2359 Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman relates the story of Willy Loman a down-on-his luck traveling salesman In order to cope with the failures in life he retreats to the past while loosing touch with reality He tries reliving the good times but keeps coming up against things that went wrong His family tries to help him by lying about their prospects but when Loman looses his job after a lifetime with the same company he becomes desperate His depression is consumed by the guilt he feels from the past infidelity that which has estranged him from his older son Biff Instead of accepting that his life been a failure and that Biff is
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