October 27, 2011
I am rereading Arthur Miller’s play Death of a Salesman and realize that the Loman family is, after all, Jewish. I had written an earlier blog about the mythology that most Jewish people achieve the American Dream in spades, a mythology that we Jews ourselves perpetuate, and that Arthur Miller himself perpetuates in the play by making Bernard represent the quintessential Jewish success story: he grows up to argues a case before the Supreme Court of the United States. I went on to say that Arthur Miller further perpetuated the mythology by not making Willy Loman Jewish. However in my rereading, I noticed that Bernard refers to Uncle Willy. Therefore, this is a Jewish family.
Why am I so interested in this mythology in the play? Because my novel THE PROVIDER (to be in print by February) also blows holes in the mythology.