Written by Eric Sorensen In his autobiography "Timebends", Arthur Miller speculates that his unconscious mind picked the name "Loman" for Willy Loman, the protagonist of "Death of a Salesman", based on his conscious experience of being thrilled by from The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933), which featured a character named "Inspector Lohmann". Death of a Salesman is a play by Arthur Miller that was first performed in 1949. Death of a Salesman, one of Arthur Miller 's Pulitzer Prize-winning plays, narrates the last 24 hours in the life of 63-year-old Willy Loman, a failed salesman who had a distorted idea of the American Dream and work ethic.
The play concludes with Willy's suicide and subsequent funeral. Death of a Salesman is a 1985 American made-for-television film adaptation of the 1949 play of the same name by Arthur Miller, directed by Volker Schlöndorff, starring Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, John Malkovich, Stephen Lang and Charles Durning. In Death of a Salesman, stockings represent the covering-up of imperfection, and Willy's (failed) attempt to be a successful businessman and thus, a provider. Both Linda Loman and the Woman in Boston are seen holding them.