Death of a Salesman Ending Analysis

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Death of a Salesman – End of play Death of a Salesman remains one of the most widely produced and published plays in American literature, embodying many of the characteristics of classical tragedy while also updating the form through its concern with common people. Miller’s style is characterized by the manipulation of time and space, and the setting and the language. The play is structured into a series of episodes alternating between present time and past time through Willy’s fantasies and daydreams. The playwright achieves this through the details present in the stage directions. Every carefully chosen component in these directions serves a purpose in setting the atmosphere of the play and enhancing the message to the audience. In the final scene of the play, the playwright uses the blocking of the characters to show the value of each characters’ new found knowledge about Willy. First, there is Linda, who is the closest to Willy. She is confused on why Willy committed suicide when they were so close to living a smooth life ahead. Throughout the play she has fulfilled her role as a loyal wife and has supported Willy. Linda is closely accompanied by Biff, who has had the biggest revelation from Willy’s death. He has understood that Willy never succeeds because he never goes for what his heart and mind have in store for him. Instead, Willy sees how Dave Singleman is successful and well-liked and decides to live another man's dream. In this way it could also be said that Willy's mistake in choosing his dream is what really becomes Biff's ultimate salvation, and Willy's best legacy for him. Therefore, Biff and Linda are positioned close to Willy. Then comes Charley, who is the first man to move away. He represents a neutral party who acknowledges the death of Willy. He understands Willy’s decision of ending his life, stating that “it came with the profession”.

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