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by Arthur Miller

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What is the "the point of attack " in Miller's approach?

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In the play, Arthur Miller provides ample setting description and stage directions about the Lomans' house and neighborhood before the action begins with Willy's entrance.

Three items are directly relevant to the point of attack: the flute music that will serve as a motif, the directions that mention flashbacks, and the sound Willy makes.

A word-sigh escapes his lips — it might be "Oh, boy, oh, boy."

He is otherwise silent as he enters his house from outside.

The first line of dialogue belongs to Linda, and Scene 1 is a conversation between her and Willy. It clearly establishes several important aspects of the plot and of their marriage.

Willy is at a major breaking point, we will later learn, but from the opening lines we only suspect that things have not been going well in the past few days. Willy cut short his...

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It is that moment nearest the beginning of the play in which the major conflict to be resolved occurs; sometimes called the inciting moment. It is the moment in the story at which the writer decides to start the play's action. In the story, it was done through bringing us to the past and then bringing us back to the present or you could say flashback and some of the dialogues.