Imagery-----Flute:“The flute plays on. He hears the flute but is not aware of it.” “ A melody is head, played upon by a flute. It is small and fine, telling of grass and trees and the horizon.” The flute fades away by the time that Willy comes home and starts talking to Linda after work in the beginning of the story.
The tone is apparent primarily through the play’s stage directions. The directions are sensitive to the very real pain suffered by the characters. However, in its frankness, the tone is also mocking of Willy’s blind acceptance of a very hollow, materialistic version of the American Dream.