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How do I take Death of a Salesman and put it into 12 slides? I am not good at this.if...

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sweet107 | Student, College Freshman | Honors

Posted January 24, 2010 at 3:21 AM via web

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How do I take Death of a Salesman and put it into 12 slides? I am not good at this.

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englishteacher72 | High School Teacher | (Level 2) Assistant Educator

Posted January 24, 2010 at 3:58 AM (Answer #1)

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I don't know what the actual assignment is, but this is what I would do in order to get twelve Power Point slides out of Death of a Salesman.  First, I would devote a slide to the playwright, Arthur Miller.  He led a pretty interesting life, and he was even married to Marilyn Monroe for awhile!  Next, I would devote a slide to each act of the play.  There are two acts, and a requiem.  So now we're up to four slides.  After that, I would make a plot diagram showing the most important events of the play for the fifth slide.  Then, you can do character analysis on the sixth slide.  Your seventh slide could predict what will happen to the other major characters now that Willie has died.  Your eighth slide could deal with the major themes of the play, and your ninth slide could be devoted to any symbols you may have found while reading.  Next, extract a few key quotations for the play that you found particularly interesting or insightful.  Your eleventh slide could deal with the time period in which the play took place, and your twelfth slide could be your own thoughts on the play.  Did you like/dislike it?  Why?  Again, I don't know if your professor requires any specific information on what is included, but I hope this helped you!

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:57 AM (Answer #2)

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The previous post did a very nice job in articulating it.  I would think about reflecting on how the professor has indicated what needs to be in there.  Perhaps, a slide could be given to life in the 1950s as in what defined it and how things worked in terms of the "American Dream."  Devoting a slide to Miller would be good in terms of his own background. Three slides could be devoted to a summary of the plot and important events in the play.  I would devote then a slide to each main character in the play with the remaining slides could be on the legacy of the play in American Theatre and its modern implications.

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mkcapen1 | Middle School Teacher | Valedictorian

Posted January 24, 2010 at 4:58 AM (Answer #3)

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I think that if I were doing a presentation I would develop the slides as follows.

Slide 1- "Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller

Slide 2- The Theme-  Williy Lowman struggles to reach the great American Dream only to find it escapes his grasp.

Slide 3- The primary characters-

Willy Lowman- Salesman, father, husband, protagonist

Linda Loweman-Willy's wife, a homemaker

Biff Lowman- Willy's oldest son, whom he has given most his praise and attention, an alcoholic with no job

Happy Lowman- Willy's son who still resides with him, unmarried, and working in a dead end job

Slide 4-The Setting- The Lowman's house, which he stills has not paid off and is behind on payments.

Slide 5-The conflicts- Willy is an aging salesman who is no longer able to earn enough money to support his family.

Willy is suicidal.

Willy and Biff have a poor relationship.

The family lives in a state of denial.

Slides 6, 7, 8, 9 I would include a summary about the play broken down in sections.

Slide 10 I would use this part to explain how Willy's death has led to his family having the fulfillment of the American Dream.  They now own the home.

Slide 11- Describe the American Dream-The desire to own one's own home, car, and a happy family unit.

Slide 12- References

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