Death of a Salesman Essay.pdf - Authors often use setting for a specific purpose Write a well-developed essay in which you analyze how the author uses

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Authors often use setting for a specific purpose. Write a well-developed essay inwhich you analyze how the author uses setting to contribute to the meaning of thework as a whole.In literature, setting is the time and place where a scene occurs. Authors usespecific settings in order to do anything from set a mood, affect dialogue, orforeshadow events. In Death of a Salesman, the setting helps foreshadow events, setthe mood of different scenes, give the reader insight into how characters are feeling andelicit an emotional response from readers. Death of a Salesman is, at its core, just amontage of the events, memories, and confrontations that make up the last 24 hours ofWilly Loman's life. Since the story is only taking place over a 24 hour fictional timeperiod, the incredible detail in scene changes/setting helps the reader to understandthat the meaning in the work as a whole is how the loss of identity and inability toaccept and adapt to change can negatively affect a person's health and family.Death of a Salesman is a play, so every time there is a major scene change thereis foreshadowing. The story begins with "Before us is the Salesman's house. We areaware of towering, angular shapes behind it, surrounding it on all sides. Only the bluelight of the sky falls upon the house and forestage; the surrounding area shows anangry glow of orange. As more light appears, we see a solid vault of apartment housesaround the small, fragile-seeming home." This setting tells the reader a number ofthings. The towering shapes surrounding it on all sides foreshadow the trapped mood
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