You are asked in your graded writing assignment for this module to analyze what you see as a major theme in Miller`s Death of a Salesman, especially as you witness the protagonist become overwhelmed by guilt and isolated from his family, a conflict that only escalates as Willie Loman re-experiences more and more painful memories from the past combined with more and more disappointments in his present life.
First, re-read Miller`s Acts I & II of Death of a Salesman. Use the module notes and assigned readings to further guide your analysis of the play`s theme. Clearly, the play grapples with the theme of self-awareness and family values (think “Barn Burning”) and what it means to pursue the “American Dream” among other possible themes. You also should review the two (2) New York Times articles related to Miller`s play and its themes, so ensure you review all of the following for this assignment:
Death of a Salesman.
Miller, Arthur (1949) Death of a Salesman. ACTS I & II. Retrieved from http://www.pelister.org/literature/ArthurMiller/Miller_Salesman.pdf
“Attention Must Be Paid.”
Mamet, David (February 13, 2005). Attention Must Be Paid. [Op-Ed Contributor]. New York Times. NY: NY. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/2005/02/13/opinion/13Mamet.html
Tragedy and the Common Man.
Miller, Arthur (February 27, 1949). Tragedy and the Common Man. New York Times. Retrieved from http://www.nytimes.com/books/00/11/12/specials/miller-common.html
Write an essay of 500 words minimum analyzing what you see as the primary theme of Arthur Miller`s Death of a Salesman, and assert why you think “attention must be paid.”
You should provide at least two (2) quotes from Act I and two (2) quotes from Act II, for no less than four (4) quotes total from the play to support your argument/s. Of course, there are many essays on this classic play, so if you use another author`s commentary on the drama, such as the New York Times articles you are asked to read in this module, make sure to cite that author`s article and to include the cited website using APA formatting.
I was thinking and trying to write the theme being self deceit and deceit in general. I`m really looking for 2-3 pages, 825 words isnt neccesary.
Death of a Salesman: Theme of Self deceit and deceit Name Institution Date The theme of self deceit and deceit is highlighted in different scenes of Death of a salesman especially in the Loman family as represented by the memories and actions of Willy Loman the patriarch of the family. Willy is a struggling salesman, who is deluded that he is successful and despite his efforts to make a living he struggles financially. Loman is fired from his job by his younger boss Howard Wagner. While daydreaming Willy goes back in time when Biff his older son was a successful high school football star, but is now lowly paid. Additionally, Willy, his wife Linda and younger son wrongly believe that their lives wi