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Arthur Miller's Portrayal Of Willy In "Death Of A Salesman"

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The play opens with a description of the house. Which shows the house and Willy starting of as a failure, he fails by cheating on his wife and not respecting his friends.
“Towering angular shapes behind it, surrounding it on all sides”
This shows at the beginning that Willy is going to be a failure as his house is old and is small compared to the others and they all lean over the old crooked building making it look small worthless and untidy. Which shows he has no money to buy a big house that leans over the others, and as a salesman you would have thought that he would have had a lot of money as he is a working salesman. This creates a affect that he is a worthless salesman who earns no money Arthur Miller uses the fact of him having no money or a big house to show that he is a not a good salesman.
Arthur Show Willy entering the stage carrying two large sample cases which shows he is a failure as he has finished a full day’s work and come home with everything that he left the house with. Miler uses this quote to show him as not being good at selling goods which is what a salesman main roll is.
“What do we owe?”
Arthur uses the quote above to show that he is a failure as he has to take loans to pay for things he has bought off which shows that for a successful business he has failed as he still owes money. This also shows that he makes no money which for him to be a good business man he needs to be able to make money so he doesn’t have to take loans.
He borrows money off Charlie his friend and goes home with the money saying he has had a wage which shows he lies to his family.
‘I’ll pay every penny back’
This says that the money he has borrowed he will give it back but he has to lend the money just to try and make himself look good in front of his family. Arthur Miller creates affect with shows he is a failure as a business man and also as a man who has to be the upkeep of a family.
“She is taking off his shoe”
Linda says this which Miller uses to create an effect about how she does things for Willy and he doesn’t respect it, which shows the audience he has lied and cheated on her which makes him cheating on her worse as she looks after him and thinks the world of him when not many people do, Willy doesn’t show...

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