" Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller.

Essay by jenjenpUniversity, Bachelor'sA-, May 2003

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Reading a play and watching a movie appears to be two different things. Some people enjoy reading a book, while others enjoy relaxing in front of the television to watch a movie. The audience does not realize that they might see the storyline differently if they were to do both. Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, is a story of an old salesman who has multiple flashbacks of his life throughout the storyline. Through watching the movie and reading the play, the audience can get a full understanding of Miller's idea for the original storyline. Through the set and the special effects in the movie, the movie is found to be most effective to the audience because it is more work to read than to watch.

The set of a movie sets the mood of a play. The first look at the story for the audience is the set of the movie.

The audience is introduced to the setting visually rather than looking for it while reading a play. Reading a play if hard for some people. Instead of just letting a story flow, readers have to stop and look at the stage directions and imagine events happening in their head. The set of a movie helps show the viewer what is going on. Where certain things are placed are clues as to what is going to happen next. For example, if the movie starts to show someone's home, the viewer can already judge what type of people live there, if they are messy, and other little hints that give clues into the characters' lives that is not always there while reading a play. The set of Death of a Salesman, the movie, shows the Loman home, the car, and what the characters look like so that the...