What Went Wrong

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Death of a Salesman Storyboard assignment for my 5th period senior English class.

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  • Benevolent and Caring
  • "You pawned it, dear. Twelve, thirteen years ago. For Biff's radio correspondence course."
  • "Whatever happened to that diamond watch fob..."
  • Hypocrisy Overwhelms Intent
  • "Why is he stealing? What did I tell him? I never in my life told him anything but decent things..."
  • "Go right over to where they're building the apartment house and get some sand"
  • Several Years earlier
  • His Fall further
  • "...Are you firing me?"
  • "Willy, you can't go to Boston for us..."
  • Even though he does not seem to be fully aware of the actions he has taken, he was a kind father who wanted the best for his sons. Even going so far as to sell a valuable piece gifted to him by his brother. This shows how he values the success and well-being of his family over material pleasures that he could have used to flaunt his stature and ultimately detract from his character.
  • Final Moment of Clarity
  • Despite Willy's desire to be understood and loved, that was proven to be very difficult due to his constant shows of hypocrisy and confusion, be it because he does not remember how an event played out or how he always tried to see himself as better than other people.
  • The Breaking Point
  • Though he was already descending  into madness,  Losing his job was the final breaking point for Willy because it meant that he was no longer able to provide for his wife and the materials that he surrounded himself with. This caused his already spiraling mind to completely snap, leaving him broken, confused and scared about what was going to happen to those he cared about.
  • Premonition
  • "Don't you care whether he lives or dies?... you invite him to dinner. He looks forward to it all day... and then you desert him there. There's no stranger you'd do that to."
  • Throughout the story, Biff acts as a counterbalance for Willy, acting as  the logic and hope that Willy lost, and this is best demonstrated when Biff comes to the realization that  the entirety of their lives has been spent in an illusion of grandeur.  Biff serves as the  distinction between past and present for Willy, while also  sitting at the center of the distortion, making it hard for Willy to accept his message as true.
  • "I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been. We've  been talking in a dream for fifteen years."
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  • "Oh, I'd better hurry. I've got to get some seeds, right away. Nothing's planted."
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