You are reading a play that condemns certain stereotypical American attitudes towards family, business, and society. How and why is this condemnation a reflection of the postmodern era?
Why does Miller let us know in the title that Willy’s death is coming? Why doesn’t he make it a surprise? Is Willy’s death in a car more or less appropriate than a suicide using the rubber hose on the water heater would be? Why? What harm does Willy’s death do? What good?
Some reviewers believe that the play is a criticism of capitalism and the American way of life. Discuss your reasons for agreeing or disagreeing with them. What are the social implications of the play?
What, if anything, can we learn from this play? Perhaps there is a message about living a better life, education, the need to know oneself, the need to make changes, admit mistakes, move on, etc.?