Death Of A Salesman Setting Analysis

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Authors use setting to set the mood and could have a menace effect on the plot and the characters. A negative setting allows the readers to connect to the characters and their behaviour. The setting sets the stage and builds the atmosphere to enhance emotions. The setting could be portrayed positively or negatively and Scott Fitzgerald and Arthur Miller both depict their novels to be illustrated negatively. Therefore, in The Great Gatsby Fitzgerald 's use of setting is negative and is emphasized through dysfunctional relationships and self destruction. Similarly, Miller 's Death of a Salesman’s depiction of setting is negative and is illustrated by dysfunctional family relationships and the illusory destruction of achieving success.
In The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald’s use of setting is negatively reflected by the
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Willy puts too much pressure on biff to become successful by putting him on a pedestal always believing the impossible. He believes Biff has more potential of success than he is aiming for. Notably, Willy explains, “Biff Loman is lost. In the greatest country in the world a young man with such personal attractiveness gets lost. And such a hard worker. There’s one thing about Biff- he is not lazy” (Miller 16). Critic Harold Bloom states, “ Biff will furiously accuse his father of fostering a delusional sense of entitlement-an assumption that all done will automatically open on his path to success “(Death of a Salesman Bloom 1). Willy believes popularity leads one to success so he is convinced that Biff is so close that he needs to put pressure on him for a greater outcome. Willy’s illusions consist of the remembrance of his successful brother. After Willy visits his boss and is told that he is fired, Willy has another one of his “daydreams” with his brother Ben (Miller 85-86). Professor Merrit Moseley

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