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Death of a Salesman Teaching Unit
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- Cite actions or patterns of behavior by Happy, first as a teenager and later as an adult, that would prove the thesis: “Happy is the neglected son, who is not taken seriously by his parents.” He repeatedly tries to gain his parents’ attention, but usually fails in doing so.
- How do Willy’s repeated references about being “boxed in” serve as a metaphor for his own life?
- Identify the instances and cite the circumstances in which theft appears in this play; then state your opinion as to why Miller makes it so prominent.
- Prove the thesis, by citing supporting comments or instances from the play, that the Lomans distort the past and then base their high expectations on this misinterpretation.
- What is there about this play’s set design, music, lighting, and staging that makes it expressionistic?
- What elements of plot, dialogue, characterization, and theme make this a realistic play?
- In what sense is Willy Loman a tragic hero?
- Why do some critics say that Death of a Salesman is a portrait of the American Dream gone sour?
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A teaching unit and individual learning packet from Prestwick House. Includes the following: Comprehensive chapter-by-chapter study guides for students Questions suitable for essay topics or discussion Vocabulary lists Muliple-choice and essay test with answer key Introductory material from Prestwick House to familiarize both students and teachers with the work.