The relevance to modern life of the themes brought up in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"

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My essay looks at a sales man called willy who trys to cope with the stresses of his work and family life, and how in the present day thing like this are easy to relate to.

Q:How are the themes brought up in "A death of a salesman" releveant to presant day

There are many things in this play that are relevant to the lives of people today. The modern world is full of stress, whether it is work related, financial worries or problems in the family. Most people suffer at some time from anxiety or even depression, and suicides driven by a sense of failure to achieve are not uncommon. Particularly in the USA the belief in the 'American Dream' is strong, this belief is that any one no matter who they are can achieve what ever they want and nothing can stop them. In Arthur Miller's play, even though it was written over 50 years ago the problems associated with modern city living and pressured life styles were already apparent, particularly in the USA where this play is set.

In my following paragraphs I am going to cover the topics which I think are very important to the break down of Willy and the relevance it has today. I am going to include, family life, as it is almost exactly the same as today. Then I am going to study the American dream, and finally The pressures of his job and his financial worries.

'The American Dream consists of a belief that in America, all things are possible to all men, if you work hard enough you can achieve anything .To be hard working, honest and have ambition were the ways of the American Dream. This leads onto success, wealth and in enough time power. But this dream...