The absurdity of Miller's Salesman : examining Martin Esslin's concept of the absurd as presented in Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman

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dc.contributor.advisor Koontz, Tom en_US
dc.contributor.author Langteau, Paula T. en_US
dc.date.accessioned 2011-06-03T19:34:41Z
dc.date.available 2011-06-03T19:34:41Z
dc.date.created 1988 en_US
dc.date.issued 1988
dc.identifier LD2489.Z72 1988 .L37 en_US
dc.identifier.uri http://cardinalscholar.bsu.edu/handle/handle/183538
dc.description.abstract Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, 1949, is traditionally viewed as a modern tragedy. Ample evidence in the text, however, suggests that Miller leans also toward the convention of the Theatre of the Absurd. Miller uses several techniques, including an absurdist handling of set, time and space, thought, action, and language to contribute to the larger absurdist "poetic image" of the death of a salesman. And the thematic interpretation of that image in terms of character and audience suggests the perpetuation of illusion, a common absurdist theme.Because Miller effectively combines the absurdist with the realistic elements of the drama, an absurdist reading of the play does not negate its readings as tragedy and social realism, but rather enhances those readings, providing an important additional perspective from which to view the play. An absurdist reading also establishes a definite tie between this important twentieth century playwright and the influential absurdist convention in theatre.
dc.description.sponsorship Department of English
dc.format.extent 50 leaves ; 28 cm. en_US
dc.source Virtual Press en_US
dc.subject.lcsh Absurd (Philosophy) in literature en_US
dc.subject.other Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005 -- Criticism and interpretation en_US
dc.subject.other Miller, Arthur, 1915-2005. Death of a salesman en_US
dc.subject.other Esslin, Martin, 1918-2002. Theatre of the absurd en_US
dc.title The absurdity of Miller's Salesman : examining Martin Esslin's concept of the absurd as presented in Arthur Miller's Death of a salesman en_US
dc.description.degree Thesis (M.A.)
dc.identifier.cardcat-url http://liblink.bsu.edu/catkey/544134 en_US


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