|You are a deep reader, Edward. I finally read Death of a Salesman in early 2011 and had a hard time liking it well enough to analyze. I once asked Gregory Browne (Objectivist professor of philosophy and author of Necessary Factual Truth), how he could spend so much time with other philosophies and he said that he saw himself as a doctor studying diseases. To me, Death of a Salesman shows that without garbage collectors, no amount of doctoring could keep a society healthy. That the play was produced and filmed repeatedly, while Atlas Shrugged could hardly be done once, says much about our times. |
Thanks for the insight about Willy's handiwork. I noted it when I read it - didn't he panel the boys' room, also? - but his own unreality in recollection diminished the contextual importance of that for me. I did not take as valid his claim that he fixed things pretty good and they still last.
I have some reading to do ahead of Silas Lapham, but I will get to that and get back with you later.