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AP English 11 Hollywood V Text Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman carefully exemplifies the ideal dysfunctional family With the crazy father enabling mother egotistical son and the forgotten other it is often a struggle to live in the same house With all of the different aspects of the play developing at the same time the confrontation of text opposed to film is inevitable As far as the case goes with the combination of conflicting personalities the film version more effectively portrays all of the different points each character has Through watching the film one can get a better sense of what the characters are feeling Being able to see the faces of the actors can give you that emotion needed to achieve the advanced understanding of the play While Linda loses her temper with her two sons the film suggests that she feels a severe disgust for their actions Whereas in the text it seems as if Linda feels the hatred toward her sons and not just their actions Willies diminishing amount of sanity is also more evident in the film version since you get to see what he is seeing and not what a sane person would be seeing In addition at the beginning of the play the reader is not sure if the main character is losing his mind and therefore does not really know what to think or imagine while reading Unfortunately with the ability to look at the actors also comes a drawback Actors do not always know how the author wants each character portrayed which can sometimes lead to their own interpretation and occasionally to the loss of a particular point the author was trying to get across In the text the rubber tube is not explained for a reason By means of not explaining the tube readers will gradually conclude that it was not just a suicide device but has a greater meaning to the play The
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