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Arthur Millers Death of a slaesman - Analysethe first set of stage directions. How do they serve to inform the audience/reader about the setting/staging of the play? What theatrical devices are introduced, how do they operate and how are they successful i

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Nathan Miebai Analyse the first set of stage directions. How do they serve to inform the audience/reader about the setting/staging of the play? What theatrical devices are introduced, how do they operate and how are they successful in helping interpret the play? Arthur Millers play "Death of a Salesman" is about a man disillusioned by passage of time and terrified at the realism that it has robbed him of his dream, ambitions and success. The belief is the American Dream offers riches even to those who start with nothing. In the play Miller conveys his feelings of the "American Dream" and how it manipulates the behavior of society. Arthur Miller opens the play with a large set of stage directions. These directions are just as important as the actual text because they set the scene for what is about to happen. ...read more.

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This is a clever use of personification by Miller because the house is supposed to represent Willy and his role in society. It shows that over a period of time the people around Willy have progressed while he has stood still. "The towering angular shapes" depicts his claustrophobic confined surroundings combined with his feelings of isolation from the outside world making him more confused. Only the "blue light of the sky" falls upon the house and this is contrasting strongly with "an angry glow of orange". Lighting is one of the theatrical devices used by Miller and in this case it is used to single out the "fragile-seeming home" from the solid vault of apartment houses" surrounding it. "An air of the dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality". This is the first piece of direct expressionism used by Miller in the play. ...read more.

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Lighting is often used to make the switches in time. An example of this in the play is when in Act one Willy opens the refrigerator door, the surrounding lights dim around him and the house becomes covered with leaves. The leaves show that what is happing is fiction or a memory. When Willy shuts the refrigerator door we are firmly locked into one of Willy's past memories. After all of the information passed to us we are then introduced to Willy Lowman the main character of the play. Straight from the beginning Will seems strange because he hears the flute playing "but is not aware of it". We know that Willy is tired "lets his burden down" "feeling the soreness of his palms" but we know this is not the reason for him not consciously recognizing the flute. After we meet Willy his wife Linda is introduced. Miller takes time giving us an in depth description of Linda. This shows that Lind will have an important role to play. ...read more.

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