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Explore the way in which Miller makes this a moving and appropriate ending to the play 'Death of a salesman'

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´╗┐Name: Mai Tran Explore the way in which Miller makes this a moving and appropriate ending to the play. Miller makes Requiem a moving and appropriate ending in many appealing ways. This ending of his reveals the even more strenuous situation of Willy. Although the audiences have known him as a salesman with no glorious achievement in life but with a conclusion like this, the funeral highlights the focus on Willy?s isolation and failure. Furthermore, it also issues the doubt in the vague American Dream of our departed salesman. It appears that at Willy?s funeral, there was only his loyal wife Linda; his two beloved sons: Biff, Happy; and Charley with his boy Bernard. Yes, his only friend who?s at the funeral was Charley-the man that was yelled, swore at by Willy throughout the whole play. However he ended up being the only one Willy can go to and ask for help, for money. It is shown that Charley is the one who cares and keeps on offering Willy a job but what he gets is always rejection. In this final scene, Miller clarifies to the audience about how much Charley comprehends the job of a salesman in this kind of world, especially the one like Willy. Specifically, Charley says: ?For a salesman, there?s no rock bottom to the life?. ...read more.

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He should have chosen the path that was right for him. In spite of that, Happy has the total contradict point of view. He still believes that Willy had a good dream. ?It?s the only dream you can have ? to come out number-one man.? This illustrates the lack of understanding of Happy towards Willy. He does not recognize his father?s real strength. His perception on the job of a salesman and the sort of society that he is living in is limit. Lesson but be learnt following the death of his father. However, Happy didn?t seem to acknowledge that. He still wants to ?show everybody else that Willy Loman did not die in vain.? It is a foolish thing to do, as we all know, the percentage is high that he might as well end up regretting the failure of his life. ?Like father, like son.? But unlike his brother, the Biff that we know decides to get away from the city of cruelty, dishonesty and also known as the dog-eat-dog world. About Linda, she has been faithful and stands by Willy?s side through everything yet she still cannot understand his action. Throughout the whole Requiem, Linda keeps repeating: ?I can?t understand it.? This suggests that the unexpected death of Willy happened in the blink of an eye left her clueless and most of all shatter in sorrow. ...read more.

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But their funerals aren?t the same. One was filled with hundreds of salesman and buyers. One is solitary with the presence of family members, and a friend. These details are enough to explicate the isolation and the collapse of Willy?s life. When the play finally reaches its end, ?only the music of the flute is left on the darkening stage as over the house the hard towers of the apartment buildings rise into sharp focus.? Music of the flute is the instrument that Willy?s father can play. This shows us the reminiscence of everything that has passed. The lightning of stage is dark indicates the misery that Willy?s family is suffering through. Finally, the stage emphasizes the apartment buildings as a beautiful memories for our characters, remind them of what they have been through, both joyful and tough times. This is a lesson to learn by heart and also a tribute to our tragic hero, Willy Loman. In conclusion, through our characters? speech, acting and the stagecraft, Arthur Miller has successfully formed such emotional and suitable ending for the play. Willy?s miss-choosing of his dream is demonstrated accurately in Death of the Salesman. It is also specially highlighted in the Requiem. ?Requiem? means ?a Mass for the repose of the souls of the dead?. Therefore this is a totally appropriate ending for the play as Willy?s death has just occurred. Death of the Salesman left behind the explanation for the corruption of Willy?s life and his broken American Dream. ...read more.

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