Death of a Salesman

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Discuss “Death of a Salesman” as a film. How could this film be more film-like?

The well known late 1980’s play Death of a Salesman was beautifully crafted and opened my mind up to the reality of some people’s fantasies. When I first began to watch the play, I had immediately noticed that it was a play and not a movie. Usually in a film, there is a hero, heroine, climax, something they are fighting for, and usually (nine times out of ten) a happy, heroic ending. This movie included none, at least in my point of view. The entire movie just focuses on the stagnant (because nothing was changing) and depressing life of Willy Loman. In the movie, there is a salesman called Willy Loman, who, after working for his company for over 30 years, gets put on commission. He begins a life of depriving destitute and everything for him just goes downhill from there. He goes around arguing with his wife and getting flashbacks of a happier past. His son is not into business like he is and for that Willy perceives him as a failure. From my point of view, he is money hungry and because he is not living a life of making big bucks, he is pretty much living in a fantasy. He quickly returns back and forth to his brother, who apparently made a lot of money by the age of twenty one. Every time Willy Loman’s happy thoughts came back he continuously asks his brother “So…how did you do it?” This clearly emphasizes that he is unsatisfied with his life and does not want to do it anymore.

The film does have main characters, such as Willy Loman and it does have different scenes that emphasize this, but, overall it does not have any beginning or end. It kind of just keeps going on the same topic and does not tell us the background information as to how he got there, the story behind his brother’s success, why he cheated on his wife, why or how his sons left his home and so basically the viewer of the film is lost. The only climatic event that happened was towards the end when...
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