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Death Of A Salesman

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In what way does Miller make this an Effective Ending to the Play in Terms of Presenting the Failures of the 'American Dream'? Miller makes the ending of 'Death of a Salesman' effective in terms of presenting the failures of the 'American Dream' by creating a tragedy of Willy Loman. Willy successfully commits suicide and the Loman family are now left with his life insurance money. In general the play is about money, being successful and achieving the 'American Dream' which Willy and his two sons, Biff and Happy unfortunately fail. The 'American Dream' is a dream that any man would want to achieve, so they can become rich and have a good life. The 'American Dream' is seen as a man being happy, with a perfect family, with sons looking up to him owning a house of their own with a garden. America is known as the land of opportunities and is believed to offer chances of riches even if you start off with nothing. It is thought anyone can achieve this dream with talent and personality. Willy makes up stories throughout the play about being triumphant as he hides from the truth which leads to his death. This makes the ending of the play effective because Willy is a man who is trying to pretend to be someone he isn't, showing off to his family that he is a rich well known man, who can do anything and has reached the 'American Dream'. ...read more.

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This tube represents the truth because it tells us that Willy has been trying to kill himself and has even failed as that. Linda says "Biff" as soon as the tube is out in the air indicating that she is the one hiding the tube from the family and not wanting to discuss the matter. The stage direction says after that line "Linda turns away from them, her hands covering her face" Miler illustrates that Linda is trying to hide from the truth by using her hand and turning away from it. Happy's reaction to the tube was him saying "You crazy" telling the audience that Happy also wants to hide behind all the lies and act as if nothing ever happened going back to their illusion of their perfect family. Another prop used to represent the truth is the flowers. This makes the ending of 'Death of a Salesman' effective because when Happy and Biff come home after leaving their dad alone in the restaurant they were meant to eat in but instead left with some girls, Happy comes home with some flowers for his mother, Linda. Linda knocks the flowers out of Happy's hands out of anger. Linda starts to clean up the mess she has made then realises she has cleaned up enough of her sons messes "Pick up this stuff, I'm not you maid" Linda says. ...read more.

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I think the costumes designer's purpose here was to show the difference between the present and the past. I also think that the costume designer used bright colours in the past to illustrate that there was more hope for Biff and Happy to achieve the 'American Dream' back then. I believe that the audience might respond to the faded colours of clothes worn in the present meaning that the clothes were old, demonstrating that the family could not afford to buy new clothes and other luxuries and this reflects a failure of the 'American Dream' in the film. The ending of the play is effective because it's a tragedy how Willy still believes in the 'American Dream' after all he has been through and all the lies he has made up to accomplish this dream. There are many failures of the 'American Dream' which makes the ending of 'Death of a Salesman' effective because all these failures are revealed at the end of the play. Overall I think that Arthur Miller makes 'Death of a Salesman' an effective ending in terms of presenting the failures of the 'American Dream' by revealing the truth at the end of the play. The ending of the play is appropriate because it unravels all the unknowns throughout the play explaining why things happened and reasons why Willy, Biff and Happy had failed the 'American Dream' . ?? ?? ?? ?? Niarah Ahmad ...read more.

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