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Arthur Miller, along with Eugene O’ Neill and Tennessee Williams, is one of the important names on the stage of American Drama. It was with Arthur Miller that post-war drama acquired a new dignity and import. He was a playwright who had a troubled awareness of individual psychology. In most of his plays he explores the dynamics of family relationships. The present paper makes a study of one of the recurrent themes in Miller’s plays – ‘father-son’ relationship. The study focuses on the father-son relationship in one of the best plays of Miller – Death of a Salesman (1949). Though the play dramatises the last day in the life of the protagonist, Willy Loman, yet the father-son relationship, in the play, can be divided into three distinct developing stages – namely, the childhood stage, the youth stage, and the mature stage. In this paper, an attempt has been made to study these three stages in details and examine the intricacies of the relationship of Willy Loman with his two sons – Biff and Happy.
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