Death Of A Door-To-Door Salesman

Dustin Hoffman and John Malkovich, Death Of A Salesman (1985)

Arthur Miller’s 1949 play, Death of a Salesman, tells the story of Willy Loman, a traveling salesman who believes that one only needs to be well-liked to be successful. And that might have been true when door-to-door selling was at its height. During the '50s, ‘60s, and even ‘70s, stay-at-home mothers were the norm and a charming demeanor could be all that was needed to make a sale. But things changed in the ‘80s, as households began to require a second income to stay afloat. With no one home to answer the door, the practice of door-to-door selling became an exercise in futility. The rise of online shopping was the final nail in the coffin.