Arthur Miller In two acts and a requiem — About the Author Arthur Miller, considered one of the most distinguished contemporary American playwrights, explores themes of individual and social commitment, familial relationships, and moral obligation. His ten major works have sparked controversy and enjoyed acclaim. They continue to have a stirring effect on audiences as well as readers. It also had the distinction of being the only play ever selected for circulation by the Book-of-the-Month Club.
Was there a right dream for Willy? Is Willy ever a success? What dream could Willy have followed successfully? Death of a Salesman is a play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The play is about the American dream, which was expressed through the old salesman and his family.
Willy Loman is an elderly salesmen lost in false hopes and illusions. As Willy has grown older, he has trouble distinguishing between the past and present — between illusion and reality — and is often lost in flashbacks where much of the story is told.
He had the wrong dreams, all, all wrong. Firstly, he chases the shadows that are coming from his past. He holds his memories so hard, that it creates another reality. The reality, where he is a wealthy man, with no worries or problems, who has a beautiful wife, two kids with a promising future, and everything what he does is touched by the fortune.
The biggest problem is that these are only the old memories, sooner or later though, a person has to let them go, but in this case, Willy just cannot do this, it is too harsh for him.
When a person starts with a huge success, astonishing luck, and one day everything just fades away, he cannot accept the pale truth any more, and start everything from the beginning.
It is just too painful to face the reality, remembering how great and mighty he was.
Somewhere deep, in the small figment of imagination, Willy had a right dream for him, oh yes, he, certainly, did. Despite those two-sided glasses he wears, he is still able to separate gold from ashes, in other words, what is good and wrong for him.
First of all, the definition of the right dream for Willy is to make the American dream come true. He wants to become as successful as his brother Benn and also be well-liked person.
Also, he wants to talk big about his successful sons, about his huge, profitable sells, about the fortunes he has, and this would certainly give him joy and self-esteem.
All in all, he wants to be touched by the fortune, again and, then, everything will be the same, like it was before in the past. Unfortunately, through his long, hard-working years, he didn t have any success.
He tries as best as he can, but unsuccessfully. Also, he always asks his brother s Benn for free advices on his business, money, sales, likability and etc but the answer from Benn is always the same William, when I walked into the jungle, I was seventeen.
When I walked out I was twenty-one. And, by God, I was rich! Willy believes that personality, hard work and innovation, are the keys to success, but remembering all his failures, he doesn t understand why he is not able to make it.
In that way, he, desperately, tries to find the answers, starting from his brother Benn to Biff s best friend Bernard. Through the whole play, Willy Loman has many sparkling dreams, some of them are real, but most of them are not.
Willy Loman is like a small kid, who chases the wind, and the wind, in the meaning of his dream, is not meant to be caught.
His belief in that idea was so overwhelming, that he chooses the darkness, full of diamonds rather than a life with his beloved wife and sons.Willy then confuses the difference between reality and illusion, he is so caught up in trying to reach the perfect life, which was the “American Dream”, that he lost track of himself and his own family.
Death of a Salesman is a play written by American playwright Arthur Miller. The main character Willy Loman is a year old unstable salesman who bases his life on the idea of the American dream.
Reality and Illusion in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman In Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, a major theme and source of conflict is the Loman family’s .
Illusion Versus Reality in Death of a Salesman A major theme and source of conflict throughout Miller's play, Death of a Salesman, is the Loman family's inability to distinguish between reality and illusion.
Notes. Structure emphasizes the difference between illusion and reality. 1. Mind and memory of Willy to present 2. Setting is suggestive with a partial house. Arthur Miller wrote Death of a Salesman in This date is the period after the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression and this is significant, as one of Miller’s aims in writing this play was that it would be a tragedy that American workers could relate to.