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These are the opening pages of the play and naturally the author Arthur Miller tries to acquaint the reader with the characters the setting and the mood of the play Miller essentially emphasizes on the description of Willy Loman who is undoubtedly the main character in the scene Miller introduces these aspects of the play by using stage directions music and dialogue Miller starts out by explaining the way the salesmans house looks and the mood of the play By using the salesman the reader immediately knows that the house is not owned by a wealthy person just a salesman There are ominous apartments surrounding this fragile old-fashioned house This immediately gives the reader the feeling of claustrophobia hostility and anger The kitchen at the center seems actual enough for there is a kitchen table with three chairs and a refrigerator But no other fixtures are seenpg 11 These stage directions add to the readers knowledge that the house just has the essentials a house would need Miller sets a symbol of competition on the shelf in one of the rooms a silver trophy foreshadowing the future competition of Willy Miller makes the scene mysterious and dreamy by adding orange angry lighting and a simple tune of a flute this foreshadows Willys personality because at this point in time Willy is unknown After the setting and the house description ends Willy Loman enters the scene and the flute plays on in the background while he makes himself at home Linda his wife enters and they have a conversation about Willys exhausting day Willy tells her about his journey to and fro Yonkers I was driving along you understand And I was fine I was even observing the scenery You can imagine me looking at the scenery on the road every week of my life But its so beautiful up there Linda the trees are so thick and the sun is warm I opened
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