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In the play Death of a Salesman the author Arthur Miller often uses repetition of words phrases structual features and ideas The reason he does is so is to promote the meaning and tone of the play to the reader In the following essay I will use three such examples of repetition and discuss their pattern and the affect it has on the reader All of these examples will be focused on Willy because he is the main character and is devilerer of Millers theme and meaning of the play A recuring pattern in the play is Willy and his childrens constant need to be to be well-liked When Biff plans to ask Oliver for a job his brother Happy encoruages him telling him he is well-liked Willy lost in his memories flashes back to when Biff and Happy were younger recalling his aspiration to form his own business He tells his children that his business will bigger than their uncles because Willy believes he is more well-liked Later Willy and his two boys hold a coversation about Bernard and come to the conclusion that Biff will do in better in life than him because Biff is well-liked Willy is unable to see that being well-liked does not mean that you will be successful He is also unable to distinguish between love and being well-liked Linda loves him and if hewould look at himself through her eyes the eyes that have seen him fail many times then he would be able to acknownlegde his flaws But instead he feels that he must convince his family th at nothing is his fault that the cards dealt to him are unplayable and that because he is well-liked things are bound to turn around This reality versus illusion problem brings about Willys downfall Willy is always discussing the idea of planting a garden in Act I on page 17 he says The grass dont grow anymore you cant
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