Arthur Miller Discussion Topics

Discussion Topics

(Masterpieces of American Literature)

What ethical compromises do some of the major characters in Arthur Miller’s plays make? Why do they make such compromises?

Discuss the role that personal and societal failure play in some Miller plays that you have read.

Discuss the roles that parent-child and husband-wife relationships play in the Miller plays that you have read.

Discuss Miller’s concern with the nature of guilt as reflected in his writing.

To what extent do his main characters bear responsibility for their own actions?

Discuss the interplay between reality and fantasy in one or more of Miller’s plays.

What specific elements of historical events play a part in Miller’s writing?

What effect do social pressures have on at least three of his major characters?