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Discussing Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller.

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Introduction

"DEATH OF A SALESMAN" By Arthur Miller "Death of a Salesman", written by Arthur Miller, is a play in which there are scenes involving intense emotion. I am going to write in detail about how Arthur Miller conveys the intense emotion of anger in a particular scene, how he makes the reader aware of the intensity of the emotion in the scene, and the importance of the scene to the play as a whole. The main character of this play, Willy Loman, is a sixty year old man with a wife, Linda, and two sons, Biff and Happy. Willy has been a salesman for thirty-four years of his life. However, he is not very successful at his job and struggles to come up with money to cover the costs of his family. Having to travel across the country at the age of sixty and making next to no money at all for it results in him being exhausted. This, in turn, causes his state of mind to deteriorate. ...read more.

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(Willy) - "How can he find himself on a farm? Is that a life? A farmhand? In the beginning, when he was young, I thought, well, a young man, it's good for him to tramp around, take a lot of different jobs. But it's more than ten years now and he has yet to make thirty-five dollars a week!" It is also made clear to the reader that Biff's relationship with his father has been damaged. We are later shown how and why by Miller, in the scene where Biff goes to visit his father in Boston. The scene in which the anger- Biff had failed his maths exam, which he needed to pass in order to get into university. He goes to visit his father, who is working in Boston, for comfort and assurance. Although Willy appears to be faithful and loyal to his wife, he is found by his son to be in the hotel room with another woman. Biff is shocked to find out that the man he saw as his role model is untrustworthy and is actually not the man he made himself out to be. ...read more.

Conclusion

Evidently, he made the decisions to do so as a result of this moment in the play. Effectively, the anger Biff felt during this incident in Boston affected Biff's relationship with his father, which is shown throughout the play. Biff is even reluctant to help his father when he needs him most - at the age of sixty, struggling to earn money and becoming more and more mentally unstable, even suicidal. However, the incident in Boston was also a benefit to Biff, in that he no longer went along with his father's delusional outlook on life, but was able to face up to reality, against his dreams. So although he is unsuccessful in life, he does not dwell on his dreams like his father and is therefore able to live his life in truth and reality. In conclusion, I found that Arthur Miller is very successful in conveying the intense emotion of anger, and developing a scene involving this emotion to have an effect on the play as a whole. Miller also effectively makes the reader aware of the emotion in the scene through his use of characterisation and conflict between two characters. ...read more.

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