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Death of a Salesman: Analysis


The contemporary world is striking people with its diversity. Nowadays, the theater is a place where everyone can plunge into a world that is full of different emotions and even surrealistic situations. Thus, we are going to use a very popular play Death of a Salesman as an illustration of the fact that each play contributes something new and interesting to the theater in one or another degree.

First of all, it is necessary to mention that Death of a Salesman is a classic oldie but its specific features force directors to stage it for many times. The most interesting and specific feature of the play Death of a Salesman is its perfection because perfection can be terrible to some degree. It can be explained by the fact that perfect Miller’s play Death of a Salesman leaves no place for interpretation: in the stage directions clearly spelled out absolutely everything, including music. The playwright has laid in the play a few deeper and therefore less obvious meanings, and a director actually can not go beyond the frames which were dedicated to him by the author. In such a way, this play contributes to the theater creative vision in its wide sense, because every director is trying to find something new in the existed play and change some details for the purpose of to show an ordinary situation in the extraordinary light; thus, the perfect play is a brilliant opportunity to open own talent for many directors. Even a symbolic phrase “You can’t eat the orange and throw the peel away – a man is not a piece of fruit” can be interpreted in different ways, because the whole play inspired people to think about ordinary values in the extraordinary way (Miller, 1998). It means that the play Death of a Salesman involves the audience, their minds, and souls into the events, making them a part of the play; the audience let emotions and thoughts to past through the filter of their feelings.

In conclusion, based on the above stated it is possible to say that Death of a Salesman contributes a new vision on old things to the theater. In Miller’s play, inexorable laws of capitalist America destroy the happiness of the main hero, but the main hero is still a human. It is important to mention that some contemporary interpretations of the play show havoc in the consumer paradise by the means of passionate naturalism, and it helps people to reappraise old values and make the right choice in their own life situations.

Work cited:
Miller, Arthur. Death of a Salesman. Penguin (Non-Classics), 1998.

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