Tragedy Analysis Part III: Death of a Salesman

Tragedy Analysis Part III: Death of a Salesman

Stage Directions

“An air of the dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality” is the main premise, and it is carried out by the careful arrangement of the scenography, the orchestra and the lightning, which complements each other in a way worthy of a cinematographic piece of work.

Charlie’s Offer and Willy’s Job Refusal

It might indicate that Willy would not discard his deluded fantasy of him being a successful and prominent businessman, to which he continues to hold on dearly, and ultimately, it is also a matter of pride.

Role and Function of the Character Ben

Tragedy AnalysisBen is nothing but a figment of Willy’s imagination, of course he does have an elder brother, but he is dead. It is like the voice of Willy’s conscience, negative or positive, which Willy manipulates to suit his own ideas. Ben embodies everything Willy feels is required in order to become successful in life. He has riches, acquired with little or no effort, good looks and disregard for others.

Why Miller Never Reveals Willy’s Business

Because it is not relevant to the story, he can sell anything; insurance, cars, typewriters etc. It does not make a difference what he sells because the main focus of the story is his attitude towards business, and life in general. He sells dreams and lies to himself and to the people around him.

Realistic Settings and Scenes and How They Are Interwoven with the Play’s Themes

Most of the scenes take place in New York and Boston; this is why viewers can relate to these cities, at least those who were brought up in big cities. New York, for example, is the biggest city in the United States while Boston, one of the oldest where English dissidents first settled down, longing for their own version of what in the future would grow to be the “American Dream”. This concept may well be associated both with Boston and with NY.

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