Analysis Of Marxism And The Early Plays Of Arthur Miller

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This pivotal moment of the play is crucial to readers because it shows Willy's inability to adapt to change in a modern society. When Willy goes into Howard's office to tell him that he would prefer not to travel anymore, Howard seems more interested in his new recording machine then Willy who is fighting for his job (Miller 1467). When Howard leaves his office for a moment, Willy accidentally turns the recorder on and startles him enough for him to call Howard back in to help him shut it off (Miller 1467 ). The fact that Willy cannot even manage to work the wire recorder symbolizes his inability to keep up with the changing demands of society. Willy has followed “all the wrong dreams”(Miller 1497) and must now face the harsh reality that …show more content…

This perfect deception of a salesman is later brought up when Willy tells Ben about his idea of committing suicide. He says “Ben, that funeral will be massive! They'll come from Maine, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire!”(Miller 1491). However this image of Willys ideal salesman is later contrasted with a bleak image of the actual funeral after Willy's suicide. Linda asks “Why didn't any come? (Miller 1497) and “But where all all the people he knew? Maybe they blamed him”(Miller 1497). Therefore, the contrast between Willys ideal image of a salesman's life and the depressing truth suggest that the many components of a capitalist society are over-romanticized. Charley responds to Linda by saying “Naa. It’s a rough World, Linda. They wouldn't blame him (Miller 1497). Granger Babcock, arthur of “ What's the Secret? Willy Loman as Desiring Machine” writes that “the system of value that the play represents permits no true relationship between men; it permits only isolation through competition”. Similarly, Charley suggest that the relationships formed in a business are shallow and superficial. There is no true relationship between colleagues but only competition. Ironically, one of Willy's reasons for committing suicide is seen after Biff cries for him. Willy contemplates suicide and asks Ben “Can you image that magnificence with twenty thousand dollars in his pocket?” (Miller 1496). Readers become aware the Willy partly commits suicide for financial reasons. Arthur

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