Death of a Salesman

Film Analysis

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English 3 - Period

Thesis

In Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman, unattainability of the American dream is prevalent as Willy Loman tries for years to achieve success but never fully reaches it due to the struggle of man against human nature and what is right verses what is easy prior to his unexpected death.

Theme Analysis

The most common theme in Death of a Salesman is the theme of MAN struggling against HUMAN NATURE. Willy and Biff Loman are constantly struggling with what is right verses what is easy. Biff chooses what is easy when he steals the materials to build a porch, and his father, Willy, just brushes it off as being resourceful (Miller 30). In reality, Biff stole all the materials from a construction site. Willy and Biff too often would take the easy way of doing things, just waiting for "their time" or their "big break" to be handed to them, instead of working hard to achieve the American Dream.

Conflict

Man vs Self

In the video that follows, Willy is having a flashback to the last time he saw his brother Ben. Willy is strongly conflicted about the one time he could have made it big in this world.
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Characterization & Quest for the American Dream

Symbolism

Each of these items, the seeds, rubber hose & stockings, each play a part in getting in the way of Willy achieving the American Dream. The stockings he is draining his family of the little money they have to buy them for his mistress, while his wife has to mend hers. the rubber hose will keep Willy from seeing his dream fulfilled, because he will be dead if he keeps inhaling gas. And the seeds show that he is attempting to start over, but again he will not be successful.

Conclusion

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Works Cited


Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Prod. Robert F. Colesberry, Ruth Morley, Tony Walton, Alan D'Angerio, Bob Laden, John Kasarda, Robert J. Franco, Rita Ogden, and Nicola Victor. De. Dir. Volker Schlöndorff. By Alex North, David Ray, Michael Ballhaus, Mark Burns, Danny Michael, Fred Steiner, Kenneth Wannberg, and Kenneth Wannberg. Perf. Dustin Hoffman, Kate Reid, Stephen Lang, Charles Durning, Louis Zorich, Jon Polito, Linda Kozlowski, and John Malkovich. CBS Presents, 1985. DVD.

Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. New York: Penguin Books, 1986.