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I ask my students. Is who you want to be likely to happen? Does it match who you are in your heart of hearts? Who are you on the path to becoming? Charley says that Willy had to dream, and your students do too.

What are their dreams? Are they likely to come true? Because, in the end, the tragedy of Willy Loman's life, to my mind anyway, was not the failure at his job, or the hellish aging process, or his infidelity, or even his pumping up of his sons frankly, I've always felt Biff might have gotten it together a lot earlier than 34!

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He had a family that loved him, a little house that he liked to work on, and the potential for content. He wasn't a contender, but he could have been happy. And he rarely was. That's Death of a Salesman, folks, or rather, my few thoughts on it. A friend of mine once threatened to publish an anthology called Plays That Make You Want to Kill Yourself, in which this play was the lead-off inclusion. It's a downer, that's for sure. I'll try to come up with something a little more upbeat for next month.

Let me know if you have an idea, and please feel free to share your insights on teaching this play below! Click here to login. I am, I said. Shannon has also prepared a word list for the play here. Read more about her work at shannonreed. Click here to read more articles by Shannon Reed.

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Join the conversation Comments from our users: Wednesday January 21st , 2: An interesting study- which could be very useful indeed in the classroom, but more especially useful in forward planning. One quibble only - "what is eluded to but never explicitly stated. Wednesday January 21st , 3: A play I was never comfortable with,perhaps because when I was growing up we didn't have time for innuendo, etc.

We had to "play" straight, be truthful, avoid shame if possible especially shame to ones parents and get to the point which was making a bare living. Even as a curmudgeon I find it a difficult play to like.

Enjoyed your thoughts on it though. Wednesday January 21st , 8: Wednesday January 21st , 1: She told us many tales of that historic production-at the end of the play on opening night-the audience was silent for a full minute and then broke into wild applause. A great play and I concur that the ideal is to see it come to life on the stage, I saw both stage productions that you mentioned in your column with Hoffman and Dennehy, amazing.

My favorite Miller is, All My Sons, a brilliantly constructed work.

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They have enough to deal with. Wednesday January 21st , 4: Saw this with my brother Robert Altman when I was seventeen and he was twenty-one. He thought it was a masterpiece. Uploaded By calezack. All rights reserved. Contents Death of a Salesman Lesson Plans Eight Week Quiz C Introduction Teaching Death of a Salesman The Death of a Salesman lesson plan contains a variety of teaching materials that cater to all learning styles.

The lessons and activities will help students gain an intimate understanding of the text, while the tests and quizzes will help you evaluate how well the students have grasped the material. Page count is estimated at words per page. Later, his boys take him out to dinner. At his funeral, Happy vows to prove that his father's life was not in vain and continues in the business.

Teaching Death of a Salesman

Biff realizes that his father's life and focus were on the wrong dream, and he goes back to the ranch, determined to find happiness in his work. Linda ends the play saying, "we are free". Five Act Structure. Themes, Symbols, and Motifs. Visual Vocabulary. Tragic Hero. Illustrate a Scene.

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Essential Questions for Death of a Salesman Why are dreams important in life? What are your dreams or goals? Is there such thing as the American Dream or is it a myth? What is the most important attribute in life?