This paper compares and contrasts themes in Miller’s Death of a Salesman and The Crucible.
Arthur Miller reveled in exposing the frailties of society and human nature. In his plays Death of a Salesman and The Crucible, he explores American society and what drives its citizens. This paper endeavors to compare and contrast the themes posited by Miller in Death of a Salesman and The Crucible and how these themes are conveyed by the plays’ characters and plot.
“”Death of a Salesman” and “The Crucible” both explore how individuals define themselves by the society they live in. However, the definitions that emerge are different among the leading protagonists of each play. In “Death of A Salesman”, the themes of success and failure are explored through the dialogue and actions of the main character, Willy Loman. “Death of a Salesman” relates the tale of a man facing failure in American society, known for inculcating amongst its citizens the importance of success.”