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Death Of A Salesman (Confrontation between Bernard and Willy analysis)

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Death Of A Salesman Explore the ways in which Miller makes this a revealing moment in the play. During this scene (pages 68-69), Bernard and Jenny are alarmed by a strange noise, which is then revealed to be Willy, who has just come to see Howard after being fired. Bernard is asked to see Willy as his father is dealing with some important paper work. Initially Willy is surprised by Bernard's success, but he asks Bernard of the secret to his and Biff's success in life. In order to understand how Miller makes the scene so revealing, I will be looking at the relationship between Willy and Bernard, Willy's desperation, the staging of the scene, the language used by Willy and any other features. There is a very big contrast in the behaviours of Willy and Bernard. Bernard respects Willy, and even though he is a grown man refers to him as 'Uncle Willy.' Bernard also cared about the wellbeing and success of Biff, saying 'how he loved him, ya'know'. ...read more.

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He wants to impress Bernard by showing that he was specially picked to work for a big business. However in his predicament he begins to contradict himself, by asking Bernard,' why didn't he [Biff] ever catch on.' In any form possible, he wants sympathy from Bernard, and when he doesn't receive the jealousy he wanted from describing Biff's new venture, he ends up asking Bernard for help. Willy's desperation is revealing as it displays the lengths that he will go to in order to have people jealous of him and admire him and his sons. The staging is also of great importance. The appearance of Willy triggers a reaction from the characters. Jenny is 'distressed' by his odd behaviour, and she is so anxious that she asks Bernard, a man to go check on what is happening. Bernard describes Willy's talking as 'that noise.' Willy is obviously loud and his voice, not even presence alarms the people around him. The entrance of Willy is very revealing, as it shows what the characters think of him really when he is not around. ...read more.

Conclusion

Willy's repetitions highlights that he is trying to find words to impress Bernard, but he is not very convincing as he cannot emphasise the importance of Bill Oliver, so much so that he eventually gives up in trying to persuade Bernard. The repetition is revealing as it shows Willy's state of mind, and the lengths he will go to just to disprove his earlier theories about Bernard not being successful. There are many other features of the story. Willy breaks down towards the end of the scene but the scene comes back to an abrupt climax at the end. Willy is in insistent that Biff has trained himself, he repeats, 'But he did, he did.' It is like a toddler's tantrum the way he uses little phrases often. At the end of the scene Willy says that the teacher who he describes as a 'son-of-a-bitch' ruined his life. He contradicts himself by saying that Biff 'caught on' and has succeeded and then a couple of lines later he is blaming the teacher for Biff's downfall. In conclusion, I believe that the relationship between Willy and Bernard and possibly, Willy's desperation make the scene so revealing. ?? ?? ?? ?? English Homework ...read more.

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