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The beginning of The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller has many themes that he has worked into it Weather apparent or hidden some of the important themes are tempers disappointments irony and capitalism Millers uses his writing as a tool for expressing his political views mainly on the evils of capitalism He uses irony in many parts of the drama but some of them seem to be recurring and looks like there is only one or two examples Miller gives the impression that each characters temperament is a direct factor to the amount of disappointments each character has faced Miller characterizes his characters well using their tempers and reactions to events to describe them Willy Lomans temper is one of the most important because he has a short temper and when it is set off Willy tends to initiate dialogues that help to describe the setting of the play among other things Willys temper right from the start indicates that he has a great deal of pent up frustration against the world or rather against his world The little niche in the great mass of humanity that he has carved out seems to be inexorably shrinking closing in on him Hes defenseless to stop being swallowed and overcome by it all He is scared of the faceless corporations that if so desires can nullify his way of life and being responsible for his family he wants to extricate them from an inevitable tragic end The need to succeed drives him to keep working even though he is over sixty That is why he vents his anger at his son Biff who works as a farmhand Its ironic that he would want Biff in the same line of work as he although he isnt making much money at all and is utterly miserable Biff is a lazy bum he spits at his wife who is trying to calm him There is another ironic statement
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