Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller Essay

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Death of Salesman by Arthur Miller

The Requiem seems to simply conclude the play at the funeral and let us see the other character's view of events with some retrospect.
However, with closer scrutiny, we see that old issues and resentments are still very prevalent.

The Requiem can be split into two halves. The first half sees Charley,
Biff, Linda and Happy over Willy's grave. Each character is unique in their perspective at this point, reflecting Willy's own change of perspective towards the end of play and reminding us of several themes in the text.

Happy still clings to the memory of Willy Loman as the successful salesman and general good man. Indeed, he holds this view with some ferocity. He tries to stop Biff being
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Biff, who gives a 'hopeless glance at Happy', knows this. Biff seems to peace with himself by the Requiem, both in his relationship with his father and with his own goals. He has matured. He understands that
Willy Loman was a spectacular failure in business, but as a man he was a good person-

'There were a lot of nice days you know something Charley, there's more of him in that front stoop than in all the sales he ever made'

Biff seems to speak for Arthur Miller when he implies that life is about living rather than working and that working does not lead to living. Biff seems in charge of the situation in the Requiem and his treatment of his mother shows that he, rather than Happy, is the son who is 'something'.

Charley has the most incisive speech of the Requiem.

'Nobody dast blame this man Willy was a salesman and for a salesman, there is no rock bottom to the life when they start not smiling back- that's an earthquake. And then you get yourself a couple of spots on your hat, and you're finished. A salesman is got to dream, boy. It comes with the territory.'

In this speech Charley manages to sum up Willy's descent into death.
Charley is in the business himself and knows how flawed it is. He speaks with a mixture of regret and sympathy. This reflects the whole theme of failure running through the play.

The Requiem is our chance to see Linda's views,
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