Beyond the Stage Colors: an Analysis of light colors in Death of a Salesman

Jing TAN


The thesis is going to analyze the technique of light manipulation in the drama Death of a Salesman, aiming to elucidate the function that it plays in character display and the theme revealing. The thesis will cover all the colors of lights that appear in the drama and examine them carefully. Different perspectives will be used, from the comparison among different colors to the comparison of the same color under different context. By all these means, the unique function of the light manipulation perspective in understanding the theme of the drama will be self-proved.
Key Words: Death of a Salesman,stage light,colors
Résumé Cet article analyse la technique d’application des couleur d’éclairage dans le drame Mort d’un commis-voyageur d’ Arthur Miller, dramaturge moderne américain, et son rôle de démontrer les caractères des personnages et de révéler le thème. L’article va citer toutes les couleurs d’éclairage apparues dans la pièce et les examiner dans de diverses perspectives, de la comparaison de différentes couleurs à la comparaison des functions de la même couleur dans des contextes différents. A travers cette analyse, l’auteur veut témoigner que cette perspective d’analyse joue un rôle particulier dans la compréhension du thème de ce drame.
Mots clés: Mort d’un commis-voyageur,l’éclairage,les couleurs
摘 要 本文以美國現代戲劇家亞瑟 •米勒的《推銷員之死》作為分析文本,分析其中的燈光色彩的運用技巧,及其對人物性格展示和主題揭示的作用。本文將窮盡劇中所提到的所有燈光色彩,並對它們加以分析,從色彩的對比,同一色彩在不同情境下的不同意義等角度加以闡釋,力圖證明這一分析視角對深入理解該劇的主題有著獨特的作用。

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