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transformed and fitted to the movie screen in the year 1986. The play
itself is set in the house of Willy Loman, and tells the melancholy story
of a salesman whom is in deep financial trouble, and the only remedy for
the situation is to commit suicide. In the stage production of this tale,
the specific lighting, set, and musical designs really give the story a
strong undertow of depression. And logically the screen and stage
productions both differ greatly in regards to the mood they set. Moreover
the movie production can do many things that just cannot be done on stage,
with reference to the setting of course. To generalize, the play gives us
a good hard look at the great American Dream failing miserably. However
the combination of both the stage and screen productions accurately
depict the shortcomings of the capitalist society.
Death of a Salesman
specifically focuses on four characters, the first being the main
Loman. As mentioned, the focal point of this play is
salesman in his early sixties. Throughout the story we are told the hard
life, emotions and triumphs of Willy the salesman. Early in the play we
learn that he has recently been demoted to working for commission, which
later in the play,(on par with his luck) translates into Willy getting
fired. As the plot unfolds we discover that Willy had a rich brother who
recently died named Ben, whom Willy looked upon with great admiration for
becoming extremely wealthy and the ripe old age of 21. However Willy
also becomes very depressed when Ben...