Death and depression have always been main factors in Arthur Miller’s books. Death of a Salesman is no exception.
The play starts with Willy Loman facing his problematic life, constantly confusing the past with the present while looking for the exact moment when his life went awry. Despite the bad memories of his dismal life, he believed that being well liked would make him a success. He instills this philosophy in his sons, Biff and Happy, but they grow up to have miserable lives. Willy desperately tries to win Biff over, but his advice only makes things worse.
When Biff realizes his dad’s horrible teachings, he decides to tell his father off. Willy doesn’t take it well, and Biff leaves for good. It hurts Willy to know Biff is gone but it hurts Biff even more knowing Willy will never confront reality.
money to Biff so he can start his own company. His plan goes amiss however, adding a twist to the death of poor Willy Loman.
Miller’s play is well written and interesting. While it’s hard to get involved during the first act its progression into an interesting but depressing story keeps you going. The script style writing is confusing when there are flashbacks, but soon becomes clear. The play is a page turner that leaves readers stunned with an ending they will never forget.
By Emma Z.