Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Essay

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In Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, he ends with a requiem. A requiem is “the Mass celebrated for the repose of the souls of the dead” (Requiem). This requiem serves as a tribute to Willy Loman. In his life, Willy Loman was a salesman that was supposedly very well liked and had many friends. However, the only people that show up to his funeral are his wife, Linda Loman, his boys, Happy and Biff Loman, and his good friend Charley. Arthur Miller concluded this play with the requiem to solidify the ending, to show Willy’s true nature, and to show each character 's thoughts and feeling about Willy. In the last scene of the previous act, readers are given the stage directions that Willy had gotten into the car which then “speeds off, the music crashes down in a frenzy of sound, which becomes the soft pulsation of a single cello string” (Salesman 2). If Miller were to end the play like this readers would only be able to assume that Willy had actually committed suicide. Since Miller does provide readers with the requiem however, they are able to accurately conclude that Willy did die. Through the requiem readers are also able to see Willy’s true nature. Throughout the play Miller had implied that Willy was a rather fake person who often lied about his life. Willy always stated that he was well liked and that he made good money. Readers are shown that although Willy and Linda both thought it, Willy was not all that well liked. This can be inferred from the fact that only…

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