Didacticism In Death Of A Salesman

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The Real Tragedy

Death of a Salesman is two acts tragic play written by Arthur Miller in 1949. He is a social dramatist in the sense of that he is concerned about the social problems, especially the ones of the middle-class people since most of his audience are from this social rank. Furthermore, he is a psychological dramatist for the reason that he studies his characters and make a reason for their attitudes. He reflected the middle-class lifestyle in the characters of Death of a Salesman in a hope that the audience will wake up and face the reality of life. The play was first published in the United State then in London in the same year. The play is indirectly didactic because it discusses an important aspect of the twentieth-century lifestyle in America which is the American Dream and its effect on the society and the individuals. The term of the American Dream is initiated by an American author called James Truslow Adam in his book The Epic of
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If he is attempting to teach people not to fake themselves by the representation of Willy then he is mistaken because not all dreams are impossible to be done even if some surrounding conditions does not help. Yet if he is trying to wake the people who force themselves to wear the robe that the society designs for them, then he intended to teach a great lesson. Biff is the wakening tool in the play; he said: “why am I trying to become what I do not want to be…when all I want is out there, waiting for me the minute I say I know who I am”(Miller, 1949, p 105). Although Willy had a lot of social and economical struggles in his life that led him to give up his dream and face the reality of life, the real tragedy of the story is not on how Willy ends as but on how he has never accepted his faith and he never believed in
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