Reading a play and watching a movie appears to be two different things. Some people enjoy reading a book, while others enjoy relaxing in front of the television to watch a movie. The audience does not realize that they might see the storyline differently if they were to do both. Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, is a story of an old salesman who has multiple flashbacks of his life throughout the storyline. Through watching the movie and reading the play, the audience can get a full understanding of Miller's idea for the original storyline. Through the set and the special effects in the movie, the movie is found to be most effective to the audience because it is more work to read than to watch.
The set of a movie sets the mood of a play. The first look at the story for the audience is the set of the movie. The audience is introduced to the setting visually rather than looking for it while reading a play. Reading a play if hard for some people. Instead of just letting a story flow, readers have to stop and look at the stage directions and imagine events happening in their head. The set of a movie helps show the viewer what is going on. Where certain things are placed are clues as to what is going to happen next. For example, if the movie starts to show someone's home, the viewer can already judge what type of people live there, if they are messy, and other little hints that give clues into the characters' lives that is not always there while reading a play. The set of Death of a Salesman, the movie, shows the Loman home, the car, and what the characters look like so that the audience does not have to guess, as they would in the play. Reading the play, Miller can describe what a character will look like, but nothing is as descriptive as looking at the actual character. Sometimes it is a surprise after reading a play, to then watch the movie and see what the characters look like, because the imagination of the reader puts these characters into their own context when reading a play.
Willy's flashbacks are better handled in the movie than the play. In the play, it is somewhat harder for the reader to know whether the line is a flashback or is in the present. For example, when Biff is around, Willy typically has some sort of flashback. At the beginning of the story, Willy finds out about Biff and Happy going on a date and goes to get some cheese and starts to have a flashback. Willy is heard talking out loud to himself as Biff and Happy are talking to one another. Willy states, "Don't get your sweater dirty, Biff!"(Miller l.185). Biff hears this...