The screenplay, Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller has a background of the Great Depression which took place from the late 1920’s to early 1930’s. Willy Loman, a salesman working in Brooklyn, takes a role as a main character. He is a man with wonder and dreams, flipping back and forth from his imagination to his reality. His reality is not an interesting one. His business fails and his family is forced to move to New York City. On the other hand, he imagines to become a rich man and everyone will love him till his end. What struck Willy to think all this was because he saw in reality, a funeral of a rich and loved man. Hundred and thousand came and wept for his loss. Though that was the rich man’s reality and for Willy himself, he was only accompanied with only four people at his own funeral. This screenplay puts you into Willy’s life, about how his imagination really never came to reality.
In conclusion, this screenplay has many back and forth movement from reality to imagination. But I have noticed that Arthur Miller questions the thought of “American Dreams.” – belief of how all dreams come true in America. Miller’s work of blending Willy and the dream makes it an interesting screenplay. I will highly encourage people who love to read screenplays, love to act, and love to seek Arthur Miller’s magic in writing to read this screenplay.
By Ken K.