Change search
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link
Financial Success and the American Dream: A Marxist Reading of Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
University of Gävle, Faculty of Education and Business Studies, Department of Humanities.
2016 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis
Abstract [en]

This paper analyses Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman. The main focus is on the theme American Dream and its influences on the characters. Classical Marxism and Althusser’s Marxist theory have been used as the theoretical framework for this paper to answer the questions: In which ways has the American dream as a concept of happiness and financial success affected the characters? Can the American dream and capitalism be blamed for the Loman family’s situation? The conclusion drawn after studying Miller’s play is that the material side of the American dream can be identified as the dominant in the play and it has more negative effects than positive ones on the Lomans, the effects are both mental and physical. Despite the negative effects of the American dream and capitalism on the characters in Miller’s Death of a Salesman, one cannot blame them for the Loman family’s situation. It is the individuals (characters) that must be blamed because everyone can independently in a democratic and free society make their own choices. For that reason, people have to stand up for their actions and take responsibility for the consequences of their choices and actions whether the consequences are good or bad. Hence, the problem in Miller’s play is not so much about ideological influences as it is about self-awareness.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2016. , 36 p.
Keyword [en]
Althusser, self-awareness, capitalism, American dream, Miller, financial success, ideology, Marxism, communism, socialism, freedom of choice
National Category
Humanities General Literature Studies
URN: urn:nbn:se:hig:diva-21547OAI: diva2:934498
Subject / course
Available from: 2016-06-10 Created: 2016-06-08 Last updated: 2016-06-10Bibliographically approved

Open Access in DiVA

fulltext(800 kB)54 downloads
File information
File name FULLTEXT01.pdfFile size 800 kBChecksum SHA-512
Type fulltextMimetype application/pdf

By organisation
Department of Humanities
HumanitiesGeneral Literature Studies

Search outside of DiVA

GoogleGoogle Scholar
Total: 54 downloads
The number of downloads is the sum of all downloads of full texts. It may include eg previous versions that are now no longer available

Total: 97 hits
ReferencesLink to record
Permanent link

Direct link