Dramatic Tragedy In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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Abstract Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949), created its own genre: the American tragedy. In Death of a Salesman Miller demonstrated his perfect answer to critics of his earlier dramas who claimed he was incapable of producing other than a conventional play. Brooks Atkinson, calls it a generally accepted tragic masterpiece. Arthur Miller’s American dreamer Willy Lowman is an illustration of much practiced philosophy of being well liked and exemplifies America’s success myth. The tells the story of a man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic path, which eventually leads to Willy Loman 's suicide. The play has been welcomed as a great technical triumph, regardless of what one may think of this play as a tragedy of Willy Loman. In this paper, I intend, to frame Miller’s dramatic output within the American dramatic tradition. Dramatic techniques are used in multiple ways by Miller to convey different angles of the story while lighting patterns follow the dialogue or music to exhibit the play’s mood. The dramatic structure’s various aspects such as events, time and plot have also been described. The play has been structured “expressionistically”, in that, Miller broke down conventional constraints of time and place and moved the audience in and out of Willy’s past and then into the present and then back in the past again, as Willy shuttles between the dreams and promises of his past and the harsh reality of the present.
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