Death of a Salesman Director’s Vision
14 Pall Mart Belgravia London SW10 Pier 4 Hickson Road Walsh Bay NSW 2000 I compose to you to propose the production of Arthur Miller’s traditional “Death of a Salesperson.” As the title suggests, the book is about the death of a salesman named Willy Loman. Nevertheless, through my production, it is not the unavoidable ending that will be kept in mind by the audience. It will be the processes that resulted in Willy’s conflicted mind that will resonate in the audience’s mind.
The underlying values of blind faith in the American dream and the narrow-minded meaning of success, which are exhibited in Willy Loman, integrate to form an example of a self-inflicted demise. However, through my production, the factors behind Willy’s adherence to these worths, which are Uncle Ben and Linda, demand the concern whether Willy is a terrible or worthless figure. All these elements that result in Willy’s demise, will be illustrated in the significant techniques of characterisation, setting, costumes and props.
What I will achieve is the audience psychoanalysing Willy Loman, to respond to whether Willy’s death was self-inflicted or rather a reflection on the frustrating, uncontrollable nature of his life. The audience will likewise engage in the play due to the fact that of the modern-day relevance that I will convey. The death of Willy is not just physical however it is also the death of the American capitalism, the suitables that Willy complies with. This applies to the 21st century, as American suffers from a financial recession.
However, at an individual level, the processes that result in the death of capitalism such as frustrating pressure to prosper, can also connect to the audience. The setting used in the play will be utilized to strengthen the internal and external aspects that led to the conflicted mind of Willy Loman. The city pressures that Willy sustain are represented by “towering, angular shapes behind [Willy’s home], surrounding it on all sides. The roofline of your house is one-dimensional; under and over it we see the apartment. Wherever Willy Loman looks are these trespassing buildings. The uncompromising nature of the American Dream is represented as an external aspect, which resulted in his downfall. This use of setting will be contrasted by the home furnishings in his house, a place within Willy Loman’s control. Willy’s cooking area has a table with three chairs rather of 4 exposes both Linda Loman’s unequal status in the household and Willy’s fixation with his kids. Lighting will be utilized. At the end of Act 1, Biff comes downstage “into a golden swimming pool of light” as Willy recalls the day of the city baseball championship when Biff was “like a young God.
Hercules– something like that. And the sun, the sun all around him.” The pool of light both develops the minute as one of Willy’s memories and recommends how he has actually inflated the past, given it mythic measurement. This fascination with the young boys depicts Willy’s value of “if you are well liked, you will succeed” and foreshadows the psychological turmoil that will arise as soon as his meaning of success is negated. Costuming will also reinforce Willy Loman’s fascination with the kids and his view on success. Willy must remain in his shirt-sleeves, sans coat and tie. A fine quality match– naturally, for looks are everything, to Willy– but uninspired. Biff needs to be worn university sweater and athletic pants, with the infamous printed sneakers, and Delighted in, most likely, t-shirt and knickers. Dull grey or earth tones for Willy, the worn out salesperson, however brighter colours for his perfect boys: a blue jacket with red letter for Biff, the all-American kid, and a grey and lighter blue outfit for Pleased, showing youth and guarantee that is perceived by Willy.
Props will be used as a beacon of reactions from the audience both in support and dissapproval of his actions. The seeds represent the worth of his labour, both as a salesman and a father. His frantically hopeless effort to grow veggies signifies his pity about barely having adequate cash to put food on the table. The seeds symbolise Willy’s sense of failure with Biff, Willy’s efforts to cultivate Biff went awry and realising that his American football-star of a kid is just a lazy nobody who attained absolutely nothing, Willy takes Biff’s failure and lack f aspiration as a reflection of his capabilities as a daddy, shown by “Nothing’s planted. I do not have a thing in the ground.” The undertones of the seeds can be both responded with a sense of compassion towards Willy’s failure as a daddy and salesman however also a criticism on his parenting skills, particularly on Biff. The tape recorder in the play is likewise used to represent the end of Willy’s profession. It is presented when Howard no longer needs Willy’s services and without concern fires him. This, to Willy, was like, “consuming the orange and discarding the peel”.
The tape recorder instills compassion to the audience over the uncompromising nature of the American dream however is also a criticism of Willy, who does decline modification and clings onto the past. However, characterisation is definitely the most crucial technique. The characters of Uncle Ben and Linda shape and preserve Willy’s views of life and are for that reason, the force behind his actions pointed out above. Uncle Ben is the enforcer of the American dream and the meaning of success in Willy Loman.
He will be represented in the play as only a tape recorder when Willy communicates with him, duplicating the line “When I was seventeen I strolled into the jungle, and when I was twenty-one I went out. And by God I was abundant!” This is the only memory of Uncle Ben in Willy’s mind and would lead to the audience questioning, that in spite of the superficiality of Uncle Ben’s views, isn’t Willy allowed to turn down that view and adopt a new one? Linda will likewise be approached as an ambivalent character.
In spite of exhibiting the positive quality of an “iron repression of her exceptions to Willy’s behaviour”, Linda does not attempt to persuade Willy to restore a new point of view on life, however rather imparts him with an incorrect sense of self-confidence and leaves him to think in Uncle Ben’s views. For that reason, “Death of a Salesman” is a play of ambivalence, where there are no heroes or bad guys however rather a guy faced with a conflicted mind, shaped by internal and external aspects. This aspect of the play will be exploited in my theatre production and will challenge the audience about whether Willy is a terrible or pitiful figure.