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  1. Dreams in 'Death of a Salesman'.

    w***y's failure in leading a rich or even just a comfortable life is very apparent. He complains about his work and struggles to pay his bills. He is also frequently shown in a state of depression, he cannot concentrate when driving; he is still working at his old age and is struggling to bring in a steady income. His unstable mind makes him contradict himself in the first scene when he complains, "Biff is a lazy b*m" and moments later, "There's one thing about Biff-he's not lazy."

    • Word count: 1437
  2. Exploring the importance of religion to the community of Salem

    That version of the Bible was authorised in 1611 and was used by Protestants for 350 years. This language can be seen when Giles Corey comments about his feelings by saying "It discomforts me" whereas normally you would say, "It makes me uncomfortable". The language that is used gives an archaic feeling to what is happening although the events are set only 400 years ago. I think that shows how the strictly religious Puritan people have kept the language used by their forefathers to carry on the old religious and theocratic views. It also shows how much respect the people have for their religion to have kept the language used hundreds of years previously although all around them other languages were progressing.

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  3. An essay examining Alfieri's role in a

    So we can say that Alfieri is the "View from the Bridge" He is the middle man he knows both sides of the story. Alfieri tells this story backwards, as he has already witnessed the story Miller has told. Alfieri evicts himself from the people, who live in the poverty area by saying in his opening speech this, "They tell me the people in this neighbourhood." If Alfieri wanted to include himself in the neighbourhood he would have used the word, "We," instead of, "the people."

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  4. Character Analysis - w***y Loman

    When talking about Biff, w***y once again contradicts himself by saying in one line "Biff is a lazy b*m!" and in a few lines down "There's one thing about Biff- he's not lazy." This again indicates that he is not completely in control of his mind and is unsure of what he wants and believes in. this also shows that he sometimes gets caught up in his dreams as he describes Biff as the perfect son, which he quite obviously is not from his previous, more honest description.

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  5. Explore the importance of religion to the community of Salem

    John Proctor is a prime example of this, he cares a lot about his name in the town, but his morals take over when he admits about breaking one of the ten commandments by sleeping with Abigail. He had to do this to try and stop the lies Abi was telling about his wife, Elizabeth, but this backfired on him when Elizabeth tried to help him by denying what he'd done as she didn't know that he'd confessed. It is only at the very end of the play that Proctor realises what the right thing to do is, the choice is between blackening his name in Salem or being hung.

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  6. Death of a Salesman 'Why does w***y Loman's vision of America lead to his destruction?'

    w***y has a lot of hope in him, he doesn't give up on anything and he will always try his best. 'w***y. I was driving along, you understand? And I was fine. I was even observing the scenery. You can imagine me looking at the scenery, on the road every week of my life. But it's so beautiful up there, Linda, the trees are so thick, and the sun is warm.' This is said by w***y right at the beginning of the play when he returns home because he 'couldn't keep his mind on it.'

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  7. Why does Miller include the characters Alfieri in

    Because he grew up in Italy, Alfieri understands the other characters very well. They are all Italian immigrants and have a very similar background. The audience understands how fatalistic Alfieri is when he says "another lawyer.... sat there as powerless as I, and watched it run its b****y course." He is telling the audience that he can sense that a terrible event is about to happen but knows he is powerless to prevent this. He understands that in such a community it is better to "settle for half." Alfieri is a realist who is prepared to make a compromise between two cultures.

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  8. Everyone has heard of the Salem witch trials, but what were they? Why did they come about? When did they begin and end? What effects did they have on colonial New England?

    In the 16th century, western Europe had its own encounters with witchcraft. The idea of witchcraft was based on a belief formed by an ancient fertility cult. They felt that religion had given them a sense that the devil put its evil entity into people and controlled them and led them to do cruel and horrible things. Most of the witch accusations were made in agrarian, or rural, communities because these places were more accepting of beliefs that larger towns or cities would easily disregard as myths or silly legends.

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  9. 'The law is only a word for what has a right to happen.' Discuss the many roles Alfieri has to play in 'A View From the Bridge'

    Alfieri takes the side of the written law and Eddie takes the side of community justice. This turns into an ideological conflict between Alfieri's views and Eddies ones. Both types of justice take place in Red Hook however the law is forced upon the community and so is frowned upon. The community frowns less upon the unwritten law that Eddie wishes to pursue against Rodolpho and that Marco ultimately takes against Eddie as it seems to be fairer, swifter, more brutal and seems to punish the morally wrong.

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  10. The Dramatic Function of Alfieri in Arthur Millers

    that a misfortune such as murder are going to take place and makes us think that the play is going to end in a tragic way which raises the tension of the audience, making people think about what is going to happen in the play that is going to be so unlucky. He warns the audience of the tragic events that are going to take place before they happen which increases the tension of the audience as it leaves them with rhetorical questions in their minds.

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  11. What Dramatic Techniques Does Miller Use to Explore the Concept of the American Dream and Ultimately Criticise It?

    w***y Loman liked the idea of being rich and successful and became caught up in this American Dream. w***y wants to prove himself through successes as a salesman, but as he fails his own life destroys him. w***y was trying to achieve his lost self through success and when he thinks of his brother, Ben, he thinks of what he could have achieved. Miller stresses success and wealth through Ben and he does by making Ben repeat a lot, 'When I was seventeen I walked into a jungle, and when I was twenty-one I walked out.

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  12. The Affliction: Physical or Psychological?

    Abigail Williams, her strong-willed, domineering eleven-year old cousin, and Tituba, their house-slave and caretaker for most of the winter before the accusations began. Were these accusations a quest for attention? Or did these girls truly suffer from some inexplicable condition? Only after a careful study of these three figures can any reasonable conclusion be formed. One often-cited explanation for the girls' outlandish behavior and subsequent onslaught of accusations was the explosive release of repressed fascination, or perhaps fear, of the supernatural and an intense and overwhelming guilt.

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  13. Is Abigail Williams a Symptom or Cause of Events Which Take Place in 'The Crucible'?

    This ties her into things, but she never really emerges in the play as a candidate for any kind of punishment. This has most probably come as a result of her husband being a powerful landowner, making any allegations against him or his family like playing with fire. With this being a theocratic society, where the Church and State are one, and the laws given down by God are interpreted very strictly and literally by the people here, which means that breaking the law here would also be going against God's will, so the consequences of any offence are dire.

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  14. What is Alfieri's function in A View From The Bridge? How would this be portrayed on stage?

    Stage directions instruct that Alfieri crosses the stage from the side so that the whole audience sees him. It is clear that he has a relaxed attitude; slowly removing his hat and running his fingers through his hair. By grinning and then directly talking to the audience, he immediately engages and relaxes them. The stage directions also indicate that Alfieri's desk is at the front right of the stage, separate to the house and street. This indicates that he is a key figure in the play but not central to the action; he is not in control of the story, but is the means by which it is told.

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  15. How effective is the first scene in Act Two in furthering our understanding and developing our knowledge of the relationship between w***y and Linda?

    She speaks carefully "a lot of people think he's lost his -balance" and she has a quiet manner. She treads cautiously around w***y, taking care not to raise his temper and continuously presents a cheerful, hopeful appearance around him. Linda knows that her family are deluded but she continues to let them have their fantasies because she thinks she is doing the most loving thing for her family. Linda knows that w***y has been trying to commit suicide, but does not intervene because she does not want to embarrass him. w***y Loman is the salesman around who the play is constructed.

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  16. It is the capitalist society that has done w***y in - How far do you agree with this reading of the play - Death of a Salesman

    To begin with, however, it is important to identify what is meant by the term "capitalist system". Capitalist system is a type of an economy where the owners of the businesses retain all the profits for themselves. This type of a system encourages people to want more, as they hold total responsibility of how much they earn. The importance of the employer and employee relationship increases, as the workers are judged by the quality of the work they are putting into the company. It becomes a tough competition between the staff to survive and keep their jobs.

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  17. Salem Witch Trials and McCarthyism.

    With this brief history, we can see a general comparison between the two. Both events focused on hunting a particular group. In Salem, the colonists were accusing many people of practicing witchcraft, and taking them to trial: "Witch-hunting occurred in New York, Pennsylvania, and Virginia, but not as frequently as in New England" (Meltzer 70). It was said that, "Witches were Devil's helpers" (Zeinert 15). With this assumption, witches were considered very dangerous, and the colonists wanted them killed. As people began to believe that the witches truly had encounters with the Devil they started hiring fulltime witch hunters!

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  18. Explore The Role Of Alfieri And Discuss His Dramatic Significance In The Play.

    Overall, miller starts the play with Alfieri because he is an honest and well-spoken man. This affects the audience by letting them know that they can trust Alfieri as a neutral character. Alfieri starts the soliloquy talking about Red Hook, a very poor area which '...swallows immigrants...' By talking about this, he is setting the scene for the audience, so that they feel more involved in the play. He then moves on to talk on about the play, and its characters. In the soliloquy, Alfieri talks about how Eddie's situation reminds him of home, '...washes in with the green scent of the sea, the dust in this air is blown away...'

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  19. A view from the bridge - Examine the role and character of Alfieri.

    This gives the play a somewhat eerie feel to it. From his narration, it seems that Alfieri has decided to tell the story for his own reasons. He does not find a conclusion after telling the story, but tells it nonetheless and he speaks and reveals his honest views of the facts. He is cast as the chorus part in Eddie's tragedy he speaks directly to the audience and informs us of what is happening, alienating us from the action and reminding us that we are not watching real life.

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  20. In Arthur Miller's play The Crucible who is to blame for the hysteria and the subsequent death of innocent people?

    She went into the woods with the other girls, danced and sang songs. Abigail say's, "We did dance.", and Parris says, "I heard a screeching and gibberish coming from her mouth. Tituba also made the girls drink chicken blood. When Tituba was talking to Parris, she say's. "No, No, chicken blood. I gave them chicken blood. In addition, she confesses herself to witchcraft, and she also tells Parris who she saw with the devil. Tituba say's, "I tell him I don't desire to work for him, sir.", she also say's, "And I look and there was Goody Good, and Goody Osburn.

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  21. A View from the Bridge - Mr. Alfieri's role.

    Alfieri the lawyer presents a calm, intelligent manner. Arthur Miller uses non-colloquial language with no hint of an accent. Alfieri also speaks with many metaphors and a greater perception of his environment than other characters: "I will never forget how dark the room became once he looked upon me... his eyes were like tunnels." Through his choice of dialogue and stage directions Arthur Miller presents a picture of Alfieri as a man of an intelligent upbringing "And now we are quite civilised, quite American."

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  22. Death of a Salesman is an indictment not of w***y Loman but of the American Dream. How far do you agree?

    Loman is a symbolic icon of the failing America; he represents those that have striven for success but, in struggling to do so, have instead achieved failure in its most bitter form. Arthur Miller's tragic drama is a probing portrait of the typical American mind portraying an extreme craving for success and superior status in a world otherwise unproductive. To some extent, therefore, Death of Salesman evokes the decline of a man into lunacy and the subsequent effect this has on those around him, particularly his family.

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  23. Ellipsis - dashes - punctuation - oh my! - An essay on the use of dashes in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman.

    This simple line - the dash - is a many faceted gem - a treasure - that can be used to highlight many ideas - key terms - certain events jump off the page because of the use of a dash - rather than an ellipsis - causes a noticeable break - a sharp break - unlike that of an ellipsis - which immediately gives off the impression of abruptness - just as it appears visually - a sharp-edged line in the center of a line that breaks the fluidity of words - just as the dash in a sentence breaks the flow of thought or conversation.

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  24. How does Arthur Miller show that Salem society has the capacity for what started with just 'dancin' to end with the deaths of innocent people?

    It was this kind of reaction that quickly spread through the community once the witchcraft trials began. Many people in the community also feared their loss of reputation, position or power. This may have lead to tensions or bickering between members of the society. An audience will notice that throughout the play that the amount of land owned is used to justify position or power; the more land a person owned, the more respect the citizens had for that person.

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  25. The Reverend John Hale embodies the growing awareness of the illegality and immorality of the Salem witch trials.

    Betty is the daughter of Reverend Samuel Parris and is ten years old. People in the village suspect witchcraft for the cause of it and her father is extremely worried about his reputation within the community. This is because he has not been in Salem for long and does not have many friends in the community. Reverend John Hale is very keen on finding a witch because his last witch hunt was a failure. The women turned out to be an extremely troubled person under Hale's examination and the victim of the women's witchery recovered from all symptoms with a few days' rest.

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