How effective the first scene Essay
How effective the first scene
Linda Loman is Willy’s long-suffering “at the age of sixty three”, devoted “You can’t just come to see me, because I love him” wife. She desperately loves her husband but resents the fact that his sons don’t love and respect their father as much as she thinks they should, “he’s not to be allowed to fall into his grave like and old dog”. She speaks carefully “a lot of people think he’s lost his -balance” and she has a quiet manner. She treads cautiously around Willy, taking care not to raise his temper and continuously presents a cheerful, hopeful appearance around him.
Linda knows that her family are deluded but she continues to let them have their fantasies because she thinks she is doing the most loving thing for her family. Linda knows that Willy has been trying to commit suicide, but does not intervene because she does not want to embarrass him. Willy Loman is the salesman around who the play is constructed. He is sixty-three “at the age of sixty three” and he is desperate to achieve even a small amount of the success to which he has always aspired.
He cannot face the reality that he has misdirected his energies and talents casing a dream that never had much chance of materialising. Willy has flashbacks and fantasies, which take up a large amount of the play and inform the audience about his past, the histories of other characters in the play, how Willy has become what he is now and also Willy’s ideal self. In scenes that are set in the present Willy seems highly emotional, unstable and seems to be worn down by life however in his flashbacks he seems more loving, capable, cheerful, light-hearted and self-assured.
Willy lives in a world of false hopes and illusions, the firm he works for doesn’t pay him a salary and working on straight commission, Willy cannot bring home enough money to pay the bills. After Willy has worked for the firm for thirty-four years, they have spent his energy and discarded him. Willy refuses to believe that his sins Biff and Hap are also failures. He wants his sons, especially Biff to succeed where he has not. Willy believes that his boys are great and he cannot understand why they are not a success.
This causes a lot of conflict throughout the play. Willy is unable to see and accept change. He is lost in an era of modern technology, he says, “How can they whip cheese? ” and feels he is constantly “in a race with the junk yard”. Willy Loman is trying to live the “American Dream”, Willy worked all his life in the “machine of democracy and Free Enterprise” and was then spit out like a “piece of fruit”. Willy feels like the one on control, you can tell this because he keeps interrupting Linda even though her points are, in my opinion, more valid than his.
“Motor job on the car… ” “That goddamn sucker”. “But Willy – ” “Whoever heard of a Hastings refrigerator? ” Willy says “Id like to buy some seeds” and I think that this represents, to Willy, an opportunity to prove himself good at something. His is desperate, and hardly able to put food on the table for his family and he will have nothing to leave for his children when he dies. Wily has worked hard but he wont be able to leave his offspring anything, which is what his father did to him.
University/College: University of Chicago
Type of paper: Thesis/Dissertation Chapter
Date: 12 July 2017