Here are a few of Miller’s own words, which give students useful starting points.
The play ‘traces Willy’s inner life’
It is not a question of ‘accuracy of memory but how he remembers it, is how it affects him.’
Willy shows ‘no sense of the stages of preparation for anything’
Linda is ‘the reality principle … to make him face reality’
Speaking about the 1950s psychological portrayal of Willy: The studio could not admit that ‘Capitalism could make a problem like this.’
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