Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

Summer Sequels Series

Part Two: Still Dead, Still Selling

They have sequels of dumb movies all summer for the daft. How about some summer sequels for the intelligentsia?

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Willie Loman is having even less success as a salesman now that he’s dead.

Dead Willie: Ring ring.

Man: Yes?

Dead Willie: Hello sir, a minute of your time. I’m selling something. And I’m dead. What do you think of that?

Man: Interesting. What are you selling?

Dead Willie: That’s unclear.

Man: What do you mean unclear? I’ve got to know what I’m buying, don’t I?

Dead Willie: Do you? Isn’t it better than I’m an everyman, selling everything. You can imagine it’s vacuum cleaners. Encylopedias. Egg beaters. What do you want to imagine?

Man: I don’t know. Sex dolls? The new kind. You can’t even tell them apart from real women.

Dead Willie: Alright then. We’re getting somewhere. How many would you like?

Man: Just one.

Dead Willie: OK. Great. But you know what? I’m really selling The American Dream.

Man: I already have one of those. I want a sex doll.

Dead Willie: No, but do you really know what the American Dream is? How can you already have it if you don’t really know what it is. That’s what I stand for. The complexity, and in a way, a critique of the American Dream. Like my Uncle Ben said. I went into the jungle at 17 and when I walked out at 21 I was rich.

Man: Do you have sex dolls or not?

Dead Willie: I don’t know. I’m a little in and out of the present moment. I flash back to the past. I flash back to the present. I talk to dead people. I talk to alive people. And I’m dead. The American Dream is dead.

Man: Do you take credit cards?

Dead Willie: No, see, the American Dream is sold in one payment, not installments. You know what the payment is? Your life.

Man: OK, I’m gonna close the door now. Nice talking to you.

Dead Willie: It was nice talking to you too. I’m gonna get in my car now and drive away. I’d recommend staying off the roads for a while. I’m a crazy driver.

Man: I’ve got insurance.

Dead Willie: Oh do you? He’s got insurance. You hear that Uncle Ben? Insurance. What twenty thousand? Listen up Biff! Oh boy….

Sound of laughter, and a car starting. The Dead Willie Loman drives away.

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