Death Essay, Research Paper
Death is such a contradicting situation. It is always a sad event, but in some
perspectives it may or may not be a joyous event. Not to say that death should be
celebrated, just to point out that life may have been a more dramatic experience.
For my first novel in G.T. I read Death of a Salesman, a play written by Arthur
Miller. Arthur Miller was born in 1915, in New York City. His parents were well To do
until the depression. He attended college where he won three drama prizes. Death of a
Salesman was his their Broadway play.
The play Death of A Salesman was an extremely confusing play, it was a dialogue
between a family of people. There were numerous flashbacks used to illustrate things that
happened in the past. The overall purposeof the flashbacks was to describe the situation
that Willy Loman, the main character, was dillusional. I feel that in this the characters of
this book are well described. The author describes Willy was an average man with a
somewhat normal life. His wife Linda is loving and like any woman she sticks by her man.
Happy and Biff are Willy and Linda?s sons. The play takes place when Biff and Happy
come to visit their parentsfor a couple of days.
The play is reality that most books and movies do not display. It shows an average
american family struggling to get by. In the play it is apparent that the characters have
strong dreams and aspirations. It is also obvious that they have not yet succeeded in
accomplishing them. Quite a few events happen that prove, no matter how hard someone
tries, in society things change and it is hard to reach full potential.
The authors of the play puts more reality into the central theme of the play. People
get old and begin to do odd things such as talk to people that are not there or people that
only exists in their minds. Throughout the play Willy would have conversations with
people that he believed were there, but they really were not. Willy strived to be the best
and if he was not successful, then things were not good enough. He was ashamed that his
money supply was not sufficentenough to support his family. The theme changed
throughout the course of the book. I believe the point that he was trying to emphasize
was to never give up and all the barriers in the way will be broken.
This play has taught me the lesson that life is how one individual person decides to
make it out to be. The plays point of view was from two or more characters having a
conversation. The play suggested that in life that certain things have to be completed in
life before death is bestowed upon someone. In this the example was that Willy had to
resolve his long term bad relationship with his son, Biff. The play will help me in my life
because like I have stated that the story or the plot may be fictional, but it could happen in
someone?s life. In other words it is reality.
The word usage for the dialect were elementary and some untasteful words were
expressed. For example the word fool is used several times. Other untasteful words are
used, but they are to untasteful to mention. The stage directions had a larger more
descriptive vocabulary. For example, when describing the house it says ?We are aware
of towering, angular shapes behind surrounding it on all sides.?
The movie that this play reminds me of would have to be a small made for
television only movie called ?The Red Door.? It is a movie about a family of six, a
mother, a father son, and three daughters. The mother, Mary works at a shopping center
and the whole theme of the movie is trying to get past the red door at the local restraunt.
In the play and the movie all of the characters are the average family and they thrive to
succeed in life.
The characters in the movie all correspond with the characters of the play. They
were both set in the past when it was a mans job to do the work and the woman to stay
home. Although, in the movie the mother does work because the father is unable to find
work due to the fact of some crimes he committed as a child. Both the play and the movie
deal very much with the past. In the play Willy?s son Biff has a resentment towards his
father because he commited adultery. Biff was the one who caught him in the act and it
devastated him. In the movie the father had childhood problems which he took out in his
son. In the movie it does have one single set, but it changes like years. When the father
and son grow up there is a strong animosity between them that might make there
relationship be lost forever.
This was an interesting play that had many high points. I enjoyed it and my
favorite part about it was the reality that it displayed. Families really do have problems
and this play illustrated this.