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The Death Of a Salesman.

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17th February 2002 The Death Of a Salesman. The Cast. Hugh Fraser will play Willy Loman. Belinda Lang will play Linda Loman. Characters. Willy is a very contradictorary character; he finds it very hard to come to terms with reality. He lives in his dreams and takes all his pleasures from the past, which he distorts in order to feel happy and continue living a self-delusion. His role models are the great salesmen of an old age when their personalities came first and their goods second. These people don't however have a place in the modern business world where only ruthless aggression gets any results. He realises this when he says, "After all the highways, and the trains, and the years, you end up worth more dead than alive." However, he doesn't do anything to change his methods of business. Pride is extremely important to Willy, whether it be pride in being (or pretending to be) a successful salesman, pride in his sons (especially Biff) or pride in being independent - he refuses Charley 's help at the very time when he needs it most. Despite never being able to reach his goals and his life being a huge self-deception in which he still keeps hope. ...read more.


deception runs throughout the entire play. Willy has to got himself tangled in a web of deception and lies, which he can't get out of. In order to convince himself that all is well he has to tell more lies and deceive more, therefore creating an even thicker web from which it will be even harder to get out of. Biff seems to be the only one who really realises this and understands that the only way their lives can become happy is to tell the truth and get out of the web. Willy finds this very hard to do, as he seems to have almost forgotten what the truth is. Happy also finds it equally difficult to tell the truth however, maybe because he has never really known what it is. Linda seems to be the reason for a lot of these deceptions, as Willy tells lies so that he may deceive her and seem to be successful. In addition, Willy's affair creates a lot of deception when he is caught and then has to hide it from Happy and Linda. This ultimately destroys his relationship with Biff and creates further tension within the family. Willy seems to believe in working only in business. What he doesn't realise is that in order to get into the business world and be a good salesman you need to put in a lot of hard work. ...read more.


Trip to Europe with Vinny Longhi where he visited Italy and met some Jewish death camp survivors held captive in a post-war tangle of bureaucracy. 1949: Death of a Salesman premiers and receives the Pulitzer Prize, the New York Drama Critics' Circle Award, the Antoinette Perry Award, the Donaldson Award, and the Theatre Club Award, among others. Attends the pro-Soviet Cultural and Scientific Conference for World Peace at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel to chair an arts panel with Odets and Dimitri Shostakovich. 1950: Sound recording of Death of a Salesman. 1951: Yiddish production of Death of a Salesman, translated by Joseph Buloff. First, film production of Death of a Salesman, with Frederic March, for Columbia pictures. 1951-52: Us tour of Death of a Salesman. 1954: First radio production of Death of a Salesman, on NBC. 1957: First television production of death of a Salesman, on ITA, England. 1964: Covered the Nazi trials in Frankfurt, Germany for the New York Herald Tribune. 1968: Attends the Democratic National Convention in Chicago as the delegate from Roxbury. 1972: Attends the Democratic National Convention in Miami as a delegate. 1983: Directs Death of a Salesman at the People's Art Theatre in Beijing, the People's Republic of China. 1985: Death of a Salesman with Dustin Hoffman airs to an audience of 25 million on CBS. 1999: Death of a Salesman revived on Broadway for the play's 50th anniversary, and wins Tony Award for Best Revival of a Play. ...read more.

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