• Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

Of death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller says, "…it is really a love story between a man and his son, and in a crazy way, between both of them and America".

Extracts from this document...

Introduction

Of death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller says, "...it is really a love story between a man and his son, and in a crazy way, between both of them and America" Arthur Miller wrote the play 'Death of a Salesman' in 1949. Arthur Miller wrote many plays such as 'All of My Sons' and 'The Crucible'. 'Death of A Salesman' is about the relationship between w***y Loman, the father, Biff and Happy, the two sons of w***y. The play is also about the American Dream; the idea of being a success and being wealthy, as there are many influences around the Loman's family. The first thing that is striking about the essay title is the phrase "a love story". This essay could be considered as a love story because the play is about the ups and downs of the relationships between w***y and his two sons, Biff and Happy. The word 'love' is used because for example in marriages there are always problems, which can lead to the break up of a relationship, and some are resolved making the relationship stronger. This is a resemblance of w***y and his sons, as his relationship with them weakens and strengthens. This is shown by these two quotes, " I'm not interested in...any c**p...boys, you understand? ...read more.

Middle

It is clear that w***y believes that Biff should have a good education because he was very concerned when he came to find out that Biff was flunking maths. This links with the American Dream because having a good education gives more chance of a person being successful, w***y wants Biff to become a businessman and this is portrayed when he responds very positively to Biffs interview, "Lick the world!" (p45), this shows that w***y is an ambitious person. This gives an image of a very responsible and caring man on behalf of w***y because he wants the best for his son. You can also tell that w***y is concerned for Biffs education because when w***y finds out that Biff has flunked math, he turns his conversation with Biff into a riot," You had to go and flunk math!" (p82). w***y may want the best for Biff but sometimes is not very successful in conveying his message to Biff, as Biff does not take the matter too seriously. Due to w***y's consistent nagging, Biff doesn't like it and repels more away form his dad. Also when he talks about his dad, considered that he repels him he talks about w***y in a negative way, "Jesus, maybe he smashed up the car again" (p8). ...read more.

Conclusion

Bernard represents an example for the Loman's, " When I was seventeen I walked into the jungle and when I was twenty-one I walked out. And by god I was rich" (p32). He is an example of a success and an influence for Happy and Biff. Linda plays a part in the 'love story' between Biff and w***y because she plays a positive role. This is because she is the one who brings them closer when their bond weakens. A good example of this is when she tells w***y that the children left the house early which was good news for w***y, "They were out of here by eight o' clock" (p50). This quote is good because Linda talks very positively, making w***y feel pleased about his sons. It is easy to say that w***y was glad because he responded positively, "Good work!" (p50). I agree with the title of this essay because being a successful businessman affects the relationship of people as one person forces another to be work hard and be successful as was the case with w***y and Happy. Sometimes this message being conveyed is not done very effectively, and so the relationship between the two weakens. There are many influences around these people and others just try to help to bring the people closer. The love story and the American Dream are directly proportional, as the love gets stronger, so does the successfulness. 2,302 words ...read more.

The above preview is unformatted text

This student written piece of work is one of many that can be found in our GCSE Arthur Miller section.

Found what you're looking for?

  • Start learning 29% faster today
  • 150,000+ documents available
  • Just £6.99 a month

Not the one? Search for your essay title...
  • Join over 1.2 million students every month
  • Accelerate your learning by 29%
  • Unlimited access from just £6.99 per month

See related essaysSee related essays

Related GCSE Arthur Miller essays

  1. Peer reviewed

    Can 'Death of a Salesman' be Described as a Tragedy?

    4 star(s)

    I wanted to tell you", to which he is nonchalantly dismissed. He may say these sorts of things as he may be jealous of the amount of attention Biff receives from both his father and mother - which shows he does care for w***y.

  2. The tragedy of Death of a Salesman has Biff as the central focus, not ...

    this is dramatic irony because Biff walks in later to find his father and the woman. Another symbol in this scene is the stockings, w***y gives new stockings to the woman and yet his wife Linda has to mend hers "you gave her Mama's stockings!"

  1. Romeo and Juliet essay

    "A guy do a thing like that, how's he gonna show his face?" And o add insult to injury, Marco points him out in front of every one. "That one! I accuse that one!" he is too disgusted to use his name, but just points.

  2. Death Of A Salesman

    Happy in a way is brainwashed into thinking that he can reach the 'American Dream' easily because w***y said you just need to be well-liked and masculine when he was younger. Happy is trapped in his own world creating the same tragedy which has already been lived by his father w***y Loman.

  1. DEATH OF A SALESMAN

    - Demonstrated in the first scene. - Although father and sons have conflict, they have the same state of mind and the sons agree with w***y changes of mind etc. - Language shows breakdowns and conflicts between characters. - Word spite suggests the reletant erocic ????in the play and language.

  2. tension in the death of a salesman

    If w***y takes the job it will mean that Charley is higher then w***y therefore more successful. The audience know that if w***y took the job it meant that he his self-worth. Biff, Happy and w***y meet up at the end of the day in the restaurant.

  1. grate Expectations

    Mrs Joe is a complete contrast. She is all rough surfaces, which matches her sharp personality. Also there is nothing soft about her. Charles Dickens gives us an interesting imagery about Pip during his childhood, when he wondered whether his sister Mrs Joe Gargery with black eyes had such prevailing

  2. Explore the way in which Miller makes this a moving and appropriate ending to ...

    It has always been w***y?s dream to be a successful salesman. He yearns for it that he is almost hypnotized by the dream that is beyond his reach. Linda does not get it because the business world is complicated and she is just one loyal wife, who utterly loves her husband.

  • Over 160,000 pieces
    of student written work
  • Annotated by
    experienced teachers
  • Ideas and feedback to
    improve your own work