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Death Of A Salesman Is The Presentation Of Women Balanced St Roberts / Yr 12 Essay

678 words - 3 pages

In the play Death of a Salesman Miller’s presentation of women could arguably be
classified as balanced but could just equally be classified as unbalanced. There are only four
women in the whole of the play and Miller presents each one of them in a different way which
creates a contrast between the women throughout the play. The difference in the way that Miller
presents each of his female characters could be implicit of the social class system at the time and
the idea of a patriarchal society.
Firstly, Miller’s presentation of women in the play “Death of a Salesman” could be seen as
unbalanced as all of the female constructs in the play are presented in completely different ways
and one of the ways in which Miller is able to achieve this is though his use of contrasting
constructs throughout the play. The contrast between The Woman and Linda in the play is one of
the key elements and this is strongly demonstrated through the stockings. In Act two the
audiences see The Woman and Willy in a flashback scene and The Woman tells Willy about how
she “likes a lot of stockings”. The “stockings” portray The Woman to be very sexual and it almost
creates some masculine qualities to The Woman. These sexual qualities to The Woman present
her as being very dominant and it conveys it to us, as an audience, how she is in control of the
situation and quite possibly Willy. Despite the fact that The Woman is presented in this way it is
important to remember that this this is only in Willy’s memory and that he cold in fact have
embellished or changed his memory to suit himself. Therefore the way in which The Woman is
presented as flawless may just be Willy emphasising how he thought of her in his mind, he has
changed her to please himself. The dominance present in The Woman is strongly juxtaposed by
Linda who is at home mending her stockings. The quotation/stage direction from Act one...

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