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Willy Loman is in many ways foolish and objectionable, and yet he still commands our sympathy and even our respect. How far do you share this view of Willy Loman? In your response, you should consider how an actor might interpret the role of Willy.

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English Literature GCSE Coursework Drama Text Task: "Willy Loman is in many ways foolish and objectionable, and yet he still commands our sympathy and even our respect." How far do you share this view of Willy Loman? In your response, you should consider how an actor might interpret the role of Willy. Willy Loman is the main character of "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller. The play focuses on the last twenty four hours of his life. The main events of his life of his life are revealed using various techniques. Willy Loman always believed in the "American Dream", but his character is now "old and tired". We can see both sides of Willy's character. The first is how he is foolish and objectionable. The second is how he can command our sympathy and respect. This can make him a figure of pathos. I will be addressing these points in this essay. In addition, I will be exploring how an actor would be able to interpret Willy's character. Willy Loman can in many ways appear foolish and objectionable. ...read more.

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However, Willy literally ignores him, what can be signs of neglect. Willy feels deluded, by making himself "bigger" than most people, even if they try to help him physically and financially. Biff then gets a visit from his friend Bernard. Bernard is not as strong or tall as Biff, but Willy likes to use him to help Biff with his studies. He likes to call Bernard "anaemic" and a "pest". Although at this point, Bernard looks as if he is going nowhere, he turns out to be somewhere in his life unlike Biff and Happy. He then gets back to reality, although he stills has a deluded mind. He tries to tell Linda how he made a large amount of wealth when he was working in Providence. However, he has to come closer to the truth when he lowers the value of how much he earned. He finally tells the truth, when he talks about "business" not picking up. This shows us how objectionable he can be, even though he knows what the truth is. ...read more.

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Linda, his wife has got a na�ve aspect towards her, and this is shown when she makes a compassionate speech about Willy. She talks about him not being the "finest character" ever lived. This shows us that she knows he has got impurities in his character. She even imitates Willy's earlier speech, by how "attention must be finally paid" to him. This shows that she still will support him, no matter what he has done in the past. These events happen throughout the play, until unfortunately he finally commits suicide. If an actor had to interpret this role, we can say how Willy would be very quick with some parts of his speech, but when he does monologues, he would be very slow and express his speech very well. In conclusion, Willy is able to do be foolish and objectionable in some aspects, but can become a figure of pathos by making us feel sympathy towards him, and show him respect towards him. These events are very unfortunate, and we hope that this does not happen to us the audience in reality. ?? ?? ?? ?? Craig Poku Mr. Parch�t - 1 - ...read more.

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