Death Of A Salesman: An Overview

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Death Of A Salesman: An Overview

Death Of A Salesman: An Overview


The play "Death Of A Salesman" , the brainchild of Arthur Miller was
transformed and fitted to the movie screen in the year 1986. The play itself is
set in the house of Willy Loman, and tells the melancholy story of a salesman
whom is in deep financial trouble, and the only remedy for the situation is to
commit suicide. In the stage production of this tale, the specific lighting,
set, and musical designs really give the story a strong undertow of depression.
And logically the screen and stage productions both differ greatly in regards to
the mood they set. Moreover the movie production can do many things that just
cannot be done on stage, with reference to the setting of course. To generalize,
the play gives us a good hard look at the great American Dream failing miserably.
However the combination of both the stage and screen productions accurately
depict the shortcomings of the capitalist society.
Death of a Salesman specifically focuses on four characters, the first
being the main character Willy Loman, his wife Linda, and their two sons Hap and
Biff Loman. As mentioned, the focal point of this play is Willy Loman, a
salesman in his early sixties. Throughout the story we are told the hard life,
emotions and triumphs of Willy the salesman. Early in the play we learn that
he has recently been demoted to working for commission, which later in the
play,(on par with his luck) translates into Willy getting fired. As the plot
unfolds we discover that Willy had a rich brother who recently died named Ben,
whom Willy looked upon with great admiration for becoming extremely wealthy and
the ripe old age of 21. However Willy also becomes very depressed when Ben
leaves, the fact being that he re-realizes the meagerness of his own life, and
that he is still making payments on all of his possessions. Willy then
comprehends that bye the time his worldly possessions are paid for…they shall no
longer be of any use. For example, the Loman house has become virtually
unnecessary now that the two sons have moved out. It isn't until after Willy's
death that the final mortgage payment is made….for a house with no one inside it.
The one example of this statement is given by Linda during the final paragraph
of the play,
"I made the last payment on the house today. Today, dear. And there
will be nobody home. We're free and clear……….we're free…….we're free…………
we're free"
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