In China[ edit ] Death of a Salesman was welcomed in China. He worships Biff and does anything for him. As a result, Linda chooses to protect Willy's illusions by treating them as truth, even if she must ignore reality or alienate her children in doing so.
Even so, it would be incorrect to state that Miller solely criticizes Willy. Biff steals because he wants evidence of success, even if it is false evidence, but overall Biff remains a realist and informs Willy that he is just a normal guy and will not be a great man.
Bernard is waiting for Charley in his office. Each member of the Loman family is living in denial or perpetuating a cycle of denial for others. It is only at the end of the play that Biff admits he has been a "phony" too, just like Willy. They leave a confused and upset Willy behind in the restaurant.
Both are dissatisfied with their jobs: Values on which he grew up—represented by his brother Ben and salesman Dave Singleman—are those that came out of a nineteenth century world in which frontiers were still open and the American Dream was a reality.
Instead, Miller demonstrates how one individual can create a self-perpetuating cycle that expands to include other individuals.
Happy is also a product of Willy's philosophy. Willy is not an invincible father or a loyal husband or a fantastically successful salesman like he wants everyone to believe.
Biff conveys plainly to his father that he is not meant for anything great, insisting that both of them are simply ordinary men meant to lead ordinary lives. Biff tries unsuccessfully to reconcile with Willy, but the discussion quickly escalates into another argument.
The play once again returns to the present, in which Biff and Happy talk with Linda about Willy. The play continues in the present with his neighbor Charley coming over to play cards.
Biff removes the rubber tubing Willy hid behind the heater. Happy claims that he attended West Point and that Biff is a star football player. Willy complains to Linda that their son, Biff, has yet to make good on his life.
When they later return home, their mother angrily confronts them for abandoning their father while Willy remains outside, talking to himself. Hence, Willy fantasizes about lost opportunities for wealth, fame, and notoriety.
At one point, Willy was a moderately successful salesman opening new territory in New England, and Biff and Happy viewed him as a model father.
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Death of a Salesman is a play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. It was the recipient of the Pulitzer Prize for Drama and Tony Award for Best Play. The play premiered on Broadway in Februaryrunning for performances, and has been revived on Broadway four times,  winning three Tony Awards for Best Revival.
Reaction Paper – “Death of A Salesman” by Arthur Miller Death of a Salesman is a tragedy about the struggles of a middle class family living in Brooklyn, New York during the ’s. The play is a scathing critique of an American society that places emphasis on hollow materialistic values.
Realism in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman Realism may be defined as an attempt to reproduce the surface appearance of the life of normal people in everyday situations (Kennedy ). Basically realism is a situation that normal people can relate to based on their own experiences.
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller. Home / Literature / Death of a Salesman / Analysis ; Death of a Salesman Analysis Literary Devices in Death of a Salesman.
Symbolism, Imagery, Allegory.
The tone is apparent primarily through the play’s stage directions. The directions are sensitive to the very real pain suffered by the characters. In summary, 'Death of a Salesman,' Arthur Miller's classic play, is about much more than the death of a salesman.
Willy Loman and his sons, Biff and Happy, are symbols of the American Dream. Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman addresses loss of identity and a man's inability to accept change within himself and society. The play is a montage of memories, dreams, confrontations, and arguments, all of which make up the last 24 hours of Willy Loman's life.An analysis of realism in the play death of a salesman by arthur miller