Elements that make a play Successful Death of a Salesman is arguably one of the most successful playwrights to date. Miller won the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and a Tony Award for Best Play as well as many other awards (Wikipedia). The play was written in 1949, in postwar time economy, demonstrating the hardships and struggles of a middle class family. What makes this play so successful is Millers use of dramatic element such as plot and characterization, as well as dramatic action and tone, which help his audience establish a strong connection to his play. The play Death of a Salesman takes place in the early twentieth century in New York City with some brief parts in Boston. Throughout the play it seems that the economy is in hardship. Good jobs were few and hard to find. Arthur Miller’s play is a collection of memories and flashbacks displayed in a montage from the life of salesman Willy Loman. As each memory unfolds it is apparent that Willy Loman has made poor choices in life and has had difficulty accepting them as well as as finding a strong identity for himself. This is reflected onto his wife Linda and sons Biff and Happy. Willy’s professional life is is also greatly affected. Willy has a tough time with change and it comes across when he continually fabricates reality to his family and one friend. Following Willy Loman throughout the play it is evident that he in present time, suffers from some type of metal illness as he jumps from present day to flash backs, memories and dreams along with having conversations with his brother who is not really there. Willy Loman is the main character protagonist, but each character has highly distinguishable qualities that the audience can associate with. All the characters are connected to Willy and their actions reflect to Willy’s interactions. His life engulfs roughly the entire performance. He is the salesman and driven by desires of wealth, success and respect from his family and peers. Willy yearns for attention and respect bu never earns it. Much like his attitude the play revolves around him. He has one friend and a poor relationship with his wife and two sons. Linda is the sad wife, mother and woman living in anguish and fear, which she chooses never to get away from. She is a good companion and dedicated wife undeservingly to Willy, and a mediocre mom at best. Linda is aware her husband is depressed and suicidal but allows herself to stay in a constant state of denial to cope. Biff is the oldest son and golden child to Willy. He is the spark that ignites Willy’s excitement for life. The majority of Willy’s flashbacks and memories are of Biff. Enthusiastic about his son, Willy says, “Everybody wave when Biff comes out on the field” (Miller 1439) in one of his flashbacks to Biff in high school. Young Biff respects and adores his father until this image is horribly crushed and destroyed when Biff finds out about Willy’s affair. Biff goes form idealizing his father to despising him. All of which dramatically changes Willy and Biffs lives. Happy is the younger version of his father, yet he lives in the shadow of his older brother. Happy, like Willy, lives in a constant state of fabricated illusions. He always tends to make something out of nothing and in doing so exaggerates the reality of what his life is really like. Happy is always looking for his fathers approval and sadly no matter how much he lies, never can live up to be equal to Biff in his father’s eyes. Happy becomes a complete womanizer, a true mirrored image of Willy. Miller definitely made his characters relatable to people. These brilliant characters have relatable properties that allow the audience to compare their own troubles in life because of the overwhelming feelings felt throughout the play. Miller uses his characters to display strong life changes like emotions, controversy, depression, regret and failure. furthermore these characteristics can correlate to every type of audience and it is easy
Death Of A Salesman
Willy Loman rides on the views of illusion and doesn’t open his eyes to his present reality. His failure is the failure of American myth of success. According to this myth being “well liked” was what one needed for being successful. Another assumption examined by the play is that petty crimes like adultery and stealing are evidence of high spirit. Another assumption examined by Willy was that being an athlete brings glory and privilege, but being studious leads nowhere…
Death of a Salesman is a 1949 play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The main character Willy Loman is a 60-year old unstable salesman who bases his life on the idea of the American dream. Willy suffers from self-delusion and is obsessed with the desire to succeed. In the play Death of a Salesman Willy Loman is considered the static protagonist.
In the play Willy Loman is the static protagonist. The plot of the play focuses on Willy not being aware of the difference between reality and…
Drama Review –Theme and Conflict in Death
This paper is being submitted on August 10, 2014 for Vicki Phillips, G330 American Literature.
The story “Death of a Salesman” was written by Arthur Asher Miller in 1949. Arthur Miller was an American playwright, essayist and prominent figure in twentieth-century. He was born in Harlem, New York City on October 17, 1915 and died in Roxbury, Connecticut on February 10, 2005. He was married three times…
Death of a Salesman
Why come to America? What does America really have to offer, one may ask? What sets America aside, and makes it different from other nations around the world? The “American Dream” simply answers all of these questions.
In Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman, a man hopelessly chasing the “American Dream”, is unsuccessful in his journey to “paradise.” The “American Dream” is the belief that through hard work, patience, and courage, one can achieve success and…
How is the American Dream portrayed within the play?
The 'Death of a Salesman' was written in 1949 by a playwright named Arthur Miller, who was showing what could be called the antithesis of the American Dream. The general description of the play's theme would be, an individual man involved in business laboring to become successful in a world which to him has become mystifying and unfriendly. Even in the name of the play the idea is vague, because of the use of 'a' instead of 'the', but throughout…
opportunity to go to a play with my Intro to Art class. This play was called Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller. Arthur Miller has written a lot of plays that have been very popular. So I was very intrigued to see some of his work. However, the title did not make me very excited to see it. It sounds very depressing, and in fact, it was depressing. I had mixed emotions about this play while watching it. Death of a Salesman was a very interesting play that did not keep me on the edge of my seat…
Comprehensive English 12 – Death of a Salesman “Problem Essay”
5 January 2, 2015
“And I was fine… I opened the windshield and let the warm air breathe over me. And then all of a sudden I’m going off the road!”- Willy Loman (pg 14)
This doesn’t quite sound like the words of a man who is perfectly stable in life. Normally if you are fine just a moment ago and then the next thing that happens is you zoning out and driving off the road, this means that your mind is having…
Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman is a play founded on the exploited idea of the American Dream. It is set in the 1940’s, a period of time that was plagued by depression and hardship for many average families chasing the American dream. The devastating effects of the great depression and World War II were continuing to be felt by members of the middle class. The play focuses on the struggling Lowman family, husband, wife, and…
Death of a Salesman
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman illustrates the culture of entitlement.
Miller shows us a man who fails in his own life and whose children fail also in
their own lives. At a time when Willy should be retiring, he falls lower and
lower on the ladder of success. First losing his salary and then losing his
job. Willy’s idea of American dream and entitlement is completely contrary to
reality. Willy believes that happiness will be fed to him because of his
The characters in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”, all have their own version of success. Each character goes through different struggles, but how they handle those struggles determines how successful they are. There are many differences between the idea of success between Willy, Biff, Happy, Ben, Bernard, and his father Charlie.
For some people success comes easy. There seems to be no effort put into it. Ben seemed to have this luck in Death of a Salesman. His philosophy of success is to…