death of a salesman Essay

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Compare and Contrast Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller, is a 1949 play and deemed one of the classics of American theater. It is viewed by several people as a scathing assault on American Dream of attaining success and wealth without regard for principle. On the other hand, the A Raisin in the Sun, by Lorraine Hansberry, is a play which debuted in 1959 on Broadway. The story is founded upon a family's experiences in growing up in the Chicago's Woodlawn neighborhood. It is the primary play with a black director and written by a black woman produced on Broadway. The setting of the A Raisin in the Sun is an overcrowded apartment in an apartment building in the South Side of Chicago, which is the only setting in the play, between 1945 and 1959. Setting is among the most significant elements of the play, for the Youngers are endeavoring to purchase a new house in a different neighborhood. The current neighborhood and apartment of the Youngers attain particular significance. On the contrary, the play, Death of a Salesman, has three settings. The first is the house of Willy, which is a little house in New York enclosed by apartments. It is followed by a restaurant, where Stanley works and where the Lomans are supposed to have a dinner at the last part of the play. The last setting is in the hotel, where Willy resides while he is in New England for some business trips. It is the place where Biff sees his father in an affair. The play is set in the twentieth-century industrial civilization, with daydreams to Willy's past and which the entire act takes place in a twenty-four-hour time between Monday and Tuesday night, excluding the funeral song, which takes place, apparently, a few days following Willy's funeral. It was set in East Coast

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