In Death of a Salesman how does Arthur Miller use stage directions to further develop the interactions between his characters?   Read the text below from Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller: LINDA: You didn't smash the car did you?WILLY, with casual irritation: I said nothing happened. Didn't you hear me? LINDA: Don't you feel well? WILLY: I'm tired to the death. The flute has faded away. He sits on the bed beside her, a little numb. I couldn't make it. I just couldn't make it Linda. LINDA, very carefully, delicately: Where were you all day? You look terrible. WILLY: I got as far as a little above Yonkers. I stopped for a cup of coffee. Maybe it was the coffee. LINDA: What? WILLY, after a pause: I suddenly couldn't drive any more. The car kept going off onto the shoulder, y'know? LINDA, helpfully: Oh. Maybe it was the steering wheel again. I don't think Angelo knows the Studebaker.(Death of a Salesman, Act I)

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In the section of text provided, Willy Loman and his wife Linda are conversing in the bedroom of their home. Some of the conversation refers to events that happened before they start to speak. In this section, only a few of Arthur Miller’s “stage directions” relate to the characters’ movements or other action, while almost all relate to aspects of their mental state or related manner of speaking.

In terms of setting and action, regarding Willy, Miller tells us, “The flute has faded away. He sits on the bed beside her….” This indicates that flute music had been playing previously and that Linda is already seated on the bed. No further production information or movement is indicated.

As he sits, Willy is described as feeling “a little numb.” From the dialogue, we understand that he had left home driving their car and had returned sooner than expected.

One facet of their relationship that is conveyed is concern over finances as well as safety, as the first question Linda...

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