The Continuing Trouble and Tragedy within ‘Death of a Salesman’
During last month’s book launch for Claire Gleitman’s “Anxious Masculinity in the Drama of Arthur Miller and Beyond: Salesmen, Sluggers, and Big Daddies,” Miller scholar and Professor of English at Rhode Island College Susan Abbotson interviewed Gleitman.
Their conversation produced incisive examinations of the book, contemporary drama, and thematic resonances with today’s cultural environment.
Following the launch, Abbotson published an analysis of Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” in which she posits it “is not a realistic play and was never intended as such. Its plot is full of holes, its characters unpredictable, its truth subjective.
It is a play that can raise more questions than offer answers. I suspect this might have been fully intentional. Its indeterminants allow for a greater degree of possibility, permitting an audience a variety of paths to a more personalized enlightenment.”
Read Abbotson’s essay here.
Watch the launch of Gleitman’s “Anxious Masculinity” here.