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Why is the word “Salesman” capitalized in the stage directions that open the play?


It's been ages since I read this, and I don't have a copy here (and since it's still copyrighted, it's not available online!) -- but my best guess is that the "Salesman" (the main character, Willy Loman) is something of an "everyman" character:


Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. The capitalization of "Salesman" means it refers to the specific character in the play, Willy Loman.

Both Writeacher and Sra are right on. Willy Loman is the tragic hero. He is "everyman" The title Salesman represents not just that specific character but any character who is doomed by his own humanity. This play is a classic; I hope you are enjoying reading it.

thank you Writeacher, SraJMcGin, GuruBlue your help is much appreciated!

I hate to say this to a group of literary geniuses but.....
I have never read the book but I saw the movie. My best guess is that I saw the movie about 50 years ago. WORST movie, without a doubt, that I have ever seen. So morose. So down all the time.

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