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					     Arthur Miller

         1915-2005
Tragedy and the Common Man
                  Early Life

   Father- a ladies’wear manufacturer
   Ruined by the Depression
            poverty will have a lasting effect
            insecurity of modern existence
                 Early Life
   Goes to work in an auto parts warehouse
    to pay for college
   University of Michigan—wins playwrighting
    awards
   1938 goes to New York to write radio
    scripts
   Football injury makes him exempt from
    the draft
               Major Works

   The Man Who Had All the Luck (1944)
         closed after four performances
   Focus (1945) play about anti-semitism
   All My Sons(1947) about airplane
    manufacturer
                 The Crucible
   About the Salem
    witch trials
   Relates to “the Red
    Scare”
   McCarthyism
               Called to Testify
   Arthur Miller is called
    to testify in 1956
   Refuses to “name
    names”
   Is cited for “contempt
    of court”
   Decision is reversed in
    1958
                  Marriages

   1940 Catholic girl Mary Slattery
   1956 Marilyn Monroe
       divorces in 1961
   1964 writes After the Fall self-destructive
    main character based on MM
   1962 Inge Morath (dies 2002)
       Death of a Salesman (1949)

   Wins both the Tony
    and the Pulitzer
   Originally titled The
    Inside of His Head
   The question of how
    does our mind work?
   “stream of
    consciousness”
    Time—Real and Remembered

   At times memory and the present will
    intertwine in Willy’s actions
   Must read stage directions
   Present time—boundaries of the set are
    respected
   Past time—the boundaries do not exist
                   Tragedy

   Aristotelian definition—biggest parts of the
    plots are the reversals and recognitions
   Reversal-change by which the action veers
    around to its opposite
   Recognition—protagonist realizes his/her
    place in the tragedy
       Arthur Miller on Tragedy

   “The common man is as apt a subject for
    tragedy in its highest sense as kings
    were.”
   Tragedy springs from the individual’s
    quest for a proper place in the world and
    from his readiness to “lay down his life , if
    need be, to secure one thing—his sense of
    personal dignity.”