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  • Paperback: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Methuen Drama (30 April 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1408108410
  • ISBN-13: 978-1408108413
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 1.1 x 19.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (128 customer reviews)
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'This student edition features and extensive introduction by Enoch Brater which makes it the perfect edition for students of literature and drama.' --Sardines Magazine, Autumn 2010

A sad, complex but fascinating play that remains as important now as it did when it was first staged all those years ago. These student editions go a long way to enhance this fact rather than simply highlight the legacy of the great Arthur Miller. Essential reading. --Ink Pellet, Spring 2011

About the Author

Arthur Miller (1915-2005) was arguably the greatest American playwright of the twentieth century. Six volumes of his plays and a volume of his theatre essays are published by Methuen Drama. Enoch Brater is Professor of English and Theater, University of Michigan and series editor of Methuen Drama's series of scholarly editions of Miller's plays.


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I was looking for a revision book for GCSE that accompanied the play 'Death of a Salesman' but I found that there were not many available. I therefore purchased this instead after it was recommended by a friend! I have never regretted it, it is far better that any GCSE revision book would have ever been! If you are undecided, whether it is for GCSE or anything above, just buy this one! It clearly explains everything and covers every issue. The margin contains handy tips as well as website to visit for more information. Every point is covered by a quote and page numbers are given! A GREAT PURCHASE!
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Death of a Salesman is a trdgedy of the common man. It is mainly concerned with the fulfillment of the American Dream, but it also shows aspects of family life and commercilalism. Willy Loman is a failed salesman, who forces his dreams onto his two sons, Biff and Happy. Biff had a promising future but after an incident, refused to take part in the American dream, and chooses to 'Bum around' on farms 'out West'. His Brother Happy is the assistant to one of the assistant buyers, but sees himself as a great success. Miller concentrates on how the characters lie to themselves about who and what they are, and this is ultimatly the downfall of Willy, Happy and possibly Biff. The play is an important lesson for all. Although written in the forties, it is still increadibly relavent today in this age of consumerism and the tremedous desire for success. I have recently read this play, and it has changed my whole perspective on life, aspects of the play are constantly mirrored in every day life, and I am sure one of the characters will be relavent to you. This play - contraversial in the forties and fifties leading to Miller being charged with anti-American activities - should be read by all, putting your feet firmly on the ground.
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I actually accidently bought this book i intended to buy one for the GCSE level last year. But when i got the book i realised that it was much much better than the GCSE versions could have been. This book had detailed notes on everything.
It described Linda and and all the others in a way i could never have thought of. It is packed with so much detail and ideas for when you want to write essays in the English exams, that it is definately worth buying it!
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Bought this for my son after having used York Notes for my daughter. He is good at English but wanted to improve his grade if poss. He thinks this book is fantastic, covering themes, main question areas and discussion points.
Would highly recommend this as a study guide for pupils taking Scottish Higher English.
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I have been in sales most of my working life and I can relate so much to this play / story. Selling is all about the incentives – a fast track to the top and big bucks if you're good, but below the surface is the real pressure of the job - to produce the goods, week in, week out, the continual pressure of sales success and the company profit, on that your job depends. It's a life of continual ups and downs. The people in the business talk of ‘burn out’ and very few salespeople stay in the job for any real length of time!
Willy was clearly burnt out in the end, maybe a bit of a dinosaur in a changing world. He was arrogant in many ways, or perhaps just 'conditioned' as many sales people are. Willy clearly had a concept of himself, his image and what he stood for and wanted for his family – the truth was that latterly he lived a lie and had a very fanciful grip on reality?
Willy loved his family and wanted the best for them, but couldn’t grasp the pressure he was putting his sons under or the fact that they were already conditioned by him and mirrored his salesman's 'bluster' in many ways.
He wasn’t against asking his only real friend and neighbour, Charley, for money when broke, but was far too proud to actually work under him when offered a job. He constantly talked up his old pals in the business world, and was justifiably proud of the the loyal stint he’d put in, but would his long standing boss and his so called business pals return that respect to Willy?
The storyline builds up gradually and it’s quite obvious very early on that Willy is under strain and is not living in reality – things are going to hit the fan, it’s only a matter of when?
The finale is beautifully written - it's compelling and poignant. It's undeniably a great play.
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I couldn't get into this at all. I don't like the format. I expected a narrated story rather than a theatre script. Probably my own fault for not checking it out properly. I simply bought the famous title.
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The book contains everything you need to know and you can flick though it to read only the things you wish to know about. For GCSE it goes into more detail than you need to know but if you learn it, an A* is yours. The best notes I could find on it.
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A great play, but probably better visualised on stage; reading it, I found it hard to discern between flashback and present, and this play, like all other plays, was written to be performed. So to read it is probably not a great idea, unless you have seen it or will do soon.
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