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Choose two flashbacks from Miller's Death Of A Salesman. What effect do the flashbacks have?

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Death Of A Salesman Question 1 1. Choose two flashbacks from Miller's Death Of A Salesman. What effect do the flashbacks have? Consider - * Relationships * Themes * Dramatic Effects The author of the Death Of A Salesman, Arthur Miller, produces a lot of flashbacks throughout the book involving the main character Willy Loman. I am going to talk about two of the flashbacks that he writes about in the book. These are when Willy talks to 'the woman', and the other one is when Willy talks to Uncle Ben. Both of these flashbacks occur in Act One of the book. The first flashback that I have picked is when Willy talks to 'the woman'. This is the first appearance of the woman in the book. The scene is very short and only has two characters - Willy and The Woman. Although I have classified it as a flashback, it is not really clear whether it is a flashback or just Willy's thoughts at this stage in the book. But as the book draws to an end, it becomes much clearer that the scene is a flashback from Willy's past. ...read more.


Willy does not really like the atmosphere that he is currently in with Linda, Biff, and Happy. He is not satisfied with both his family life and his work life, so he might have wanted an affair to cool and relax himself. Throughout the scene between Willy and The Woman, Miller portrays to the audience two different aspects of Willy's life. He shows the veracity of the two contrasting lives that Willy leads. The first one is when Willy is with The Woman, and the second one is when Willy is with Linda. Throughout the scene with The Woman, Miller shows Willy as being a flirty man, such as when Willy slaps The Woman's bottom. But then when the flashback ends, Miller purposely puts Linda in there to have a conversation with Willy to show the boringness of Willy's life when he is around Linda. When he is around The Woman, he gets livened up and gets excited, but then he is back in the dull mode when he is surrounded by his family. ...read more.


As the scene continues, Linda, Biff, and Happy also enter the conversation with Willy and Uncle Ben, although Charley walks off due to the argument between him and Willy. So, only five characters are left, and thus this scene shows the contrast in the two pairs of brothers, Happy and Biff, and Ben and Willy. Ben was the man who Willy continues to boast about because Ben walked into 'the jungle' and came out rich. Willy also had the chance to do this with his brother Ben, but chose the wrong option. So, he wants his two sons, Happy and Biff, to be successful and make the name of Loman well known around America. Willy did not taste success, so he didn't get his American Dream, so he wants Biff and Happy to be successful by pushing them as far as he can. So both the flashbacks that Miller portrays show the different aspects of Willy's life, and it also gives a chance for Miller to introduce some new characters into the book, because the two flashbacks occur at the start of the book, so new players get established such as The Woman, Charley, and Uncle Ben. Page 1 of 2 ...read more.

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