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  1. HOW WELL DOES A VIEW FROM THE BRIDGE FIT INTO THE TRAGEDY GENRE?

    I think that Eddie's main character flaw is his unwillingness to accept reality. His reality contains a secret desire for Catherine; this, to Eddie is something disgusting and immoral - as to him she is a daughter and some conflicting inner voice tells him that it is the only way it can be. For her he has an intense love but maybe this love arises from desire. I believe his secret desire for Catherine motivates him a great deal that exposes other/new flaws to the audiences, for instance jealousy and stubbornness. We can see from Eddie's actions and the way he talks to Catherine that he has some sort of secret desire for her.

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  2. Death of a Salesman By Arthur Miller

    This conviction was later overturned by the United States Court of Appeals. The National Institute of Arts and Letters awarded him with the Gold Medal in 1959. Three years later he married Inge Morath his third wife after Mary Grace Slattery in 1940 and Marilyn Monroe in 1956. Miller's writing earned him vast amounts of honors, including the Pulitzer Prize, seven Tony Awards, two Drama Critics Circle Awards, an Obie, an Olivier, the John F. Kennedy Lifetime Achievement Award, and the Dorothy and Lillian Gish prize as well as honorary doctorate degrees from Oxford University and Harvard University.

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  3. The Crucible - character study of Reverend John Hale.

    Perhaps another person in the village? Someone you know." Hale knew that Tituba should confess, should say that she compacted with the devil or she would be hung, but he still accuses her with no proof. Just because one person is accused and confesses, Hale brings in the accusations that other people around town are witches. Another instance is when Reverend Hale says, "If she is truly in the Devil's grip we may have to rip and tear to get her free."(39)

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  4. The Significance of a Line From Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman

    Again, he uses the single, brief statement, "Isn't that a remarkable thing." Thus this simple statement leads Willie to do a remarkable thing for his family-he commits suicide. To finalize, a line used early on as a clich´┐Ż, during the course of the play becomes a commentary on the state of Willy Loman's life and how far from reality he truly was. Yet, though Willy did find some events in his life "remarkable," he could not realize that as a salesman and a father, he was a failure. Unfortunately, this lack of understanding leads to his death, a death he could not escape for he brought it on himself. Isn't that remarkable?

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  5. Death of a salesman - What are the dramatical devices that miller uses to show the disintegration of wily Loman?

    To be hard working, honest and have ambition were the ways of the American Dream. This lead onto success, wealth and in due time - power. However, this dream for everyone developed, and encouraged greed, selfish behaviour, pride, and rivalry between one another. Willy Loman was 'caught-up' in this American Dream. It causes business to develop in the world. Capitalism and the profit motive and competitive instinct, makes Willy have a weakness in his personality. This weakness was caused by a combination of business pressures. Willy wants to prove himself through successes a salesman, but as he fails, his own life destroys him.

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Conclusion analysis

Good conclusions usually refer back to the question or title and address it directly - for example by using key words from the title.
How well do you think these conclusions address the title or question? Answering these questions should help you find out.

  1. Do they use key words from the title or question?
  2. Do they answer the question directly?
  3. Can you work out the question or title just by reading the conclusion?
  • Discuss the Role and Importance of the First "Flashback" Scene in Death of a Salesman.

    "Conclusion Arthur Miller doesn't just use the flashback as one of Willy's memories but to show Willy's state of mind and that he liked the past better than the present but finds cracks when recalling some of it. It also explains why the present is the way it is because Willy sometimes misled them. The structure helps us to understand it because it shows us how Willy's shame escalated when he realizes all the bad things he did."

  • Discuss how Arthur Miller suggests dramatic conflict at the beginning of the play 'Death of a Salesman'

    "In my opinion, the reason behind the conflict between Willy and his family is his outlook on life as a whole, particularly his inability to confront life with genuine integrity and faith in himself, all faith and self confidence he may appear to have is false, and his lies could arguably haunt him, this is because he has the wrong perspective on the way he should be living his life and has a certain longing for things to very different, he has grown to be very unhappy within himself, and about what his lifestyle (his home, his area) has become. The beginning of 'Death of a Salesman', therefore, is a play in which we see a number of central and significant themes being developed immediately with the help of Arthur Miller's use of techniques such as setting and symbolism. These themes include inadequacy and lacking awareness of reality. The exploration of the theme of failure within a successful society is something which has relevance for those who believed in 'The American Dream'."

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