was made into a movie. Directors try to portray the book exactly how it is written, but
this can sometimes make the movie too long. When actors and actresses are hired
that differ from characters in the story, changes need to be made. When Death of a
Salesman was being filmed, Dustin Hoffman was casted to play the part of Willy Loman.
In the play, Willy is a large, strong man. Hoffman on the other hand, is quite the
opposite. He is a small, skinny man who is not very intimidating. I feel that perhaps a
man who fit the description of Willy in the book should have been casted rather than
Dustin Hoffman. If the book has a large, strong man as one of its characters, then why
would they hire a small man to play the part of that character? Despite this, I think
Hoffman did a great job playing Willy and even though he didn't fit the description, he
acted out the part very well.
In the play, Willy says to his wife Linda that his co-workers and clients don't like
him. He says that they make fun of him and call him names such as "walrus." In the
movie however, since Hoffman is a smaller man and not at all overweight, he says they
make fun of him because he is so short. There aren't many differences between the
play and the movie, but this is one of them.
From just reading the book, I was left a little confused at the end. One of the
main reasons the book was confusing was that Willy was constantly having flashbacks
while having a conversation with someone in the present. He often would be talking to
someone and his deceased brother Ben would come into the picture and Willy would be
talking to Ben as well as the person in the present. When I saw the movie, it was easier
to see when Willy was in a flashback and when he was in the present. When it was
night time, the usually meant it was the... [continues]
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