Death of a Salesman is a Pulitzer prize winning 20th century stage drama, taking place in the early 1950’s in New York. It is written by Arthur Miller, who also brought us The Crucible and A View from The Bridge
Possible essay topics for a formal essay writing response. Choose ONE of these to focus on. You will write an MLA formatted essay concerning the one you choose. You must include three outside sources (not including the play text itself) of scholarly critical analysis concerning Arthur Miller and Death of a Salesman.
1. Observe the play as Miller’s critical indictment of the American dream.
2. Observe the play as Miller’s exercise in characterization.
3. Observe the play as Miller’s showcase for symbols and motifs.
4. Recognize the play as Miller’s example of a modern tragedy
Please avoid 1.0 (single space) in you format. Please avoid the pronouns “I” and “you”, the word “quote” and the word “essay”. Have a title and typed heading. Schedule for A DAY: Lab work/writing day is TUESDAY 5/11. Peer edit is THURSDAY 5/13. Due date is MONDAY 5/17. Schedule for B DAY: Lab work/writing day is MONDAY 5/10. Peer edit is WEDNESDAY 5/12. Due date is FRIDAY 5/14. At this point you know the horrors of plagiarism/cut n’ paste. Avoid it at all costs. Word counts: Honors minimum 850. Standard minimum 700. ELL/Dev Lang minimum 550. Max. words for all is 1500.
Contemporary articles for reading in relation to Death of a Salesman and the concept of the American Dream:
“Empathetic Civilization: Is it time to rethink the American Dream?” by Jeremy Rifkin : What is the author’s attitude toward the American Dream in the modern day? What’s your reaction to his article and views, considering what you know about the American Dream?
“American Dream still burns bright for many – but results vary” by Peter Grier : What does this report suggest about the current state of “The American Dream?” What would Jeremy Rifkin’s attitude be toward this article and the ideas in it? (respond in journal, please)
“Willy Loman: A Towering Little Man” – by Scott Simon for National Public Radio: What is the main idea of Simon’s report? What background info/assertions/statements does the article provide in support of the modern relevance of this 60 year old play? (please respond, journal style)
Video: “A Better Life: creating the American Dream.” Considering what we’ve talked about concerning the concept of the American Dream, please watch this short segment and provide an intelligent comment below. Use your real name. Complete as homework before 3:30, Friday 4/9.