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Death of a Salesman: Meaning
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A 5 page paper which discusses the literal and symbolic meanings of the title "Death of a Salesman," the play by Arthur Miller. In the literal meaning we are truly presented with the death of one man, a salesman, Willy Loman. In the symbolic meaning we see the death of the salesman as representative of the death of the American dream, or the ridding of illusion as it applies to the American dream. No additional sources cited.
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Tragedies: Oedipus The King and Death Of A Salesman
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The newspapers are forever mentioning the word, 'tragedy'. It usually means that there has been a death or deaths associated with a catastrophic event. Surprisingly, this is in keeping with the use of tragedy as described by Aristotle: that it should evoke the emotions of pity and fear in the presence of an action of a certain magnitude. This 5 page paper explores the element of tragedy in Sophocles' play, Oedipus Rex and Arthur Miller's play, Death Of A Salesman. No additional sources are listed.
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Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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This 10 page report discusses Arthur Miller’s 1949 dramatic classic “Death of a Salesman.” The play is clearly a tragedy but its format of tragedy must be extended to consider other implications than dramatic formula. Because it tells the story of a man of the 20th century does not make it any less “tragic” than the stories of “Macbeth” or “Antigone.” In fact, because it is a modern tragedy it has a great degree of meaning for modern audiences than those of ancient Greece or 16th century England. Miller’s Willy Loman is basically an “average” guy. And like all of Miller’s characters, Willy and his family, are vulnerable and vaguely pathetic people who find themselves led astray by the false values imposed on them by society. For more than half a century, “Death of a Salesman” (debuting in 1949) has allowed Miller to repeatedly make the point that Willy Loman cannot and should not be blamed for who he is or how he has evolved. It is the social and emotional structure of the world Willy inhabits that has defined him and lead him on his path of hopelessness. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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The Symbols in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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This 5 page report discusses Arthur Miller’s modern American classic, “Death of a Salesman.” Symbolism is constant and largely psychological in “Death of a Salesman.” Willy Loman’s constant longing for the good old days is presented in a variety of ways, blurting out to his wife that he is fat, his affair, Biff’s understanding of himself as a failure long before Willy ever considered that possibility, all combine to symbolize his loss of stature and his fading sense of himself as he grows older and loses more hope. In fact, symbolism points to the dissipation of Willy in nearly every scene. No secondary sources.
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Characters in Death of a Salesman and Barn Burning Compared
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This 5 page paper compares and contrasts the characters of Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman, with Abner Snopes in William Faulkner's Barn Burning. The theme of death in both works is duly noted. The nature of the characters is the focus of this paper. No additional sources cited.
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“Death Of A Salesman”: Social Conscience
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10 pages in length. Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman represents a collection of social ills and misgivings, inasmuch as Willy Loman’s perpetual quest for success concludes with the death of a very miserable man. However, all throughout his tortured life, Loman was indeed conscious of both his familial and social obligations, never losing sight of what was expected of him. The writer discusses this attention to social conscience is apparent from beginning to end of Miller’s play, noting that each primary character relates to this concept in his or her own individual manner. Bibliography lists 11 sources.
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An Analysis of "Death of a Salesman"
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A 5 page research paper that examines Arthur Miller's award-winning play Death of a Salesman. The writer considers thematic material, as well as such points as how the play is typically produced. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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"Death of a Salesman" and "An American Beauty": The Myth of the American Family
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A 7 page paper which discusses the play "Death of a Salesman" and the recent film "American Beauty" and illustrates how they help to demonstrate that the perfect American family is only a myth, never achieved. Bibliography lists 16 sources.
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Are 'Oedipus The King' & 'Death of a Salesman' Tragedies?
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A 3 page research paper which examines the similarities and differences between Sophocles’ play, 'Oedipus the King' and Arthur Miller’s play, 'Death of a Salesman' to determine whether or not each could be considered a definitive tragedy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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"Antigone" And "Death Of A Salesman": Tragedy of Antigone and Willy Loman
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5 pages in length. A great deal of maturity and moral development occurs in "Antigone" and "Death of a Salesman," with particular regard to lead characters Antigone and Willy Loman. Respective to these central characters, each one comes to various conclusions with regard to the acceptance of reality, issues of heroism and morality and, perhaps above all, the concept of their own mortality. The writer discusses that inasmuch as both characters derive their ultimate conclusions on account of individual occurrences, one can readily argue that the path to enlightenment may have been different, but the ultimate outcome reaped the same benefit. No additional sources cited.
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Performing Arts Review / 'Death of a Salesman'
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A 4 page paper that provides an overview of the South Coast Repertory Theatre's rendition of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, and considers the simplicity of setting and the development of Willy's character as two fundamental and functional aspects of this performance.
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Capitalism And Death Of A Salesman
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Arthur Miller hoped that his play, A Death Of A Salesman, would place a time bomb under American Capitalism. This 5 page paper defines American capitalism and compares it with the life of Willy Loman. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Are 'Oedipus the King' and 'Death of a Salesman' Definitive Tragedies?
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A 3 page research paper which examines the similarities and differences between Sophocles' play, Oedipus the King and Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman to determine whether or not each could be considered a definitive tragedy. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' vs. 'The Price' / Aging & The Family
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This 12 page research paper examines the impact of the aging process not only on the aged family member but also on his family. Specifically discussed is this issue as explored by the plays of Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman and The Price. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Tennessee Williams' 'The Glass Menagerie' (1944) and Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' (1949) / Compared & Contrasted
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A 4 page paper which compares and contrasts the human dreams in Tennessee Williams' 1944 play, The Glass Menagerie and Arthur Miller's 1949 play, Death of a Salesman, to evaluate what comprises ‘good' and ‘bad' dreams. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Politics
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A 6 page paper looking at the degree to which Arthur Miller's own political activism is reflected in the play Death of a Salesman. The paper argues that although some critics felt the play was Marxist, Miller was in fact reflecting the world the way he, and not Marx, saw it. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Comparison & Contrast of Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman," Frank O'Connor's "First Confession" & Sylvia Plath's "Metaphors"
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A 6 page paper which compares and contrasts Arthur Miller's play, "Death of a Salesman," Frank O'Connor's short story, "First Communion," and Sylvia Plath's poem, "Metaphors" in terms of characters, tone, plot and style to reveal how each author appeals to the senses, emotions and intellect of the readers.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Linda Loman As A Perfect Wife
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5 pages in length. Linda Loman, wife of Willy Loman in the play Death of a Salesman, is the epitome of the perfect wife. Her loyalty and devotion would be enough of a testimonial on their own, but Linda's qualifications goes far beyond that. The writer defends the position that Linda is, in fact, a perfect wife by illustrating to what lengths she goes to bolster her husband both in times of crisis and in their everyday lives.
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Death of a Salesman.
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(5 pp). Death of a Salesman gives different insights and different meanings to the American dream of success and shows what can happen when the dream is false, distorted or unfulfilled. The American dream was in serious trouble for Willy Loman and his family because of his fervent pursuit of success, wealth and status. He believed in the myth that success was based on popularity, personality and personal attractiveness. "Be liked and you will never want." (p.33) and "Riding on a smile and a shoeshine," and ". . . personality always wins the day." (p. 65) are examples of those deceptions. Bbliography lists 3 sources. Bibliography lists 3 sources. Bibliography lists 3 sources. BBdthSal.doc
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Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' / Importance of Fate
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In 4 pages, the writer discusses the importance of fate in Death of a Salesman and how it brought Willy Loman to his station in life. No additional sources cited.
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Tragedy & Tragic Heroes In Macbeth, Death Of A Salesman, & More
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A 6 page paper defining classic Aristotelian form of tragedy and how it is expressed in Macbeth, Death of a Salesman, The Metamorphosis, and The Stranger. 2 source bib
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Economics and Tragedy in Death of a Salesman
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This 6 page paper reflects on Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman and shows how the Loman family, particularly Willy, is affected by money and the American dream. The American dream is discussed as a theme. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Willy Loman & The American Dream
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A 9 page paper on Arthur Miller's play Death of a Salesman. The writer demonstrates how the plight of the protagonist, Willy Loman, represents the tarnishing of the American Dream, and shows how the play serves as a clear indictment of the American capitalist system. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' / From A Modern Point-of-View
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A 5 page paper addressing the play, 'Death of a Salesman,' and considering it from a modern day perspective. The play deals with many issues which are just as prevalent today, and in that respect not much about the play would need to be changed in order to make it a modern day movie attraction. But an examination of the possibilities is provided, including a brief sketch of possible actors for the 4 lead characters. Essentially this is an examination of a hypothetical situation where the play was being redone in a modern format. No additional sources cited.
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The Theme of the American Dream as Explored in F. Scott Fitzgerald’s “The Great Gatsby” & Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A 7 page paper which examines how the theme of the American Dream is presented in the plots of F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1925 novel, 'The Great Gatsby,' and in Arthur Miller’s 1947 play, 'Death of a Salesman,' with particular emphasis on the characters of Jay Gatsby and Willy Loman. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' & August Wilson's 'Fences'
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A 5 page paper which considers whether or not August Wilson's play, Fences (1985), is an African-American version of Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman (1947). Specifically examined are the similarities and differences between the two plays. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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The Function of Charley and Bernard in Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman"
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A 5 page paper which analyzes the function of Willy Loman's neighbor, Charley, and his son, Bernard, in Arthur Miller's play, "Death of a Salesman."
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Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Willy Loman as a Father
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This 3 page report discusses Willy Loman, the main character of Arthur Millers Pulitzer Prize-winning play “Death of a Salesman.” Willy’s sons, Biff and Happy, are inexorably affected by their father’s expectations. While the focus of the play in terms of the psychological damage inflicted on biff, it should be noted that Hap also suffered as a result of his father’s beliefs and attitudes. However, because he is ostensibly a “lesser” character, his own pain has also been dismissed as less than that of Biff or Willy. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman' / Willy Loman as a Tragic Hero
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In 4 pages, the writer discusses the tragic hero in Death of a Salesman. The plight of Willy Loman is analyzed as definitively tragic. No additional sources cited.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Willie Loman As The Author
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A 7 page paper analyzing the extent to which Death of A Salesman can be considered autobiographical -- a reflection of Arthur Miller's own life. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Hopelessness Of Willy Loman
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A 5 page paper discussing the emotional makeup of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's play, Death of a Salesman. Also analyzes how Loman's doubts, insecurities, and hopelessness affected his relationships. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Death of a Salesman.
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(5 pp) Death of a Salesman gives different insights and different meanings to the American dream of success and shows what can happen when the dream is false, distorted or unfulfilled. The American dream was in serious trouble for Willy Loman and his family because of his fervent pursuit of success, wealth and status. He believed the myth that success was based on popularity, personality and personal attractiveness. "Be liked and you will never want" (.33), and "Riding on a smile and a shoeshine," and ". . . personality always wins the day" ( 65) are examples of those deceptions. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Comparing Tolstoy/Miller—'Salesman' & 'Ivan Ilyich'
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A 5 page comparison between Leo Tolstoy's 'The Death of Ivan Ilyich' and Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman.' These two works deal with how individuals face the inevitability of their own mortality and the reflections on life that are inherent in that process. Although the stories are set in different cultures, the men encounter similar experiences in that both of them have to face and evaluate the sum total of their lives—how they have lived and value of the relationships that they have built. No additional sources cited.
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Death Of A Salesman: Conflict Between Father And Son
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A 5 page paper. Miller's play is a commentary on the American way of life and on the preoccupation with wealth and influence. The story revolves around the conflict between Willy Loman, an older traveling salesman, and his oldest son, Biff, who was a exceptional football player in high school. Many critics have said that Biff is both a reflection and an amplification of Willy. The paper discusses the conflict between them and analyzes the different causes of it. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death of A Salesman' / On The Character Of Willie Loman
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A 6 page paper on one aspect of the illusions of Willy Loman in Arthur Miller's play. The paper argues that Willy's confusion of his two mentors -- a former salesman and his brother Ben -- causes him to create a warped value system, which he then passes on to his sons. Bibliography lists 5 additional sources.
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“Death Of A Salesman” And “The Entertainer”: Compare/Contrast
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6 pages in length. The struggle to achieve; the desire to be accepted; the will to continue forward even when all previous efforts have manifested in failure – these are the elements that form a common bond between Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and John Osborne’s “The Entertainer.” Clearly, the drive for social, financial and emotional success represents the very foundation of these two plays; even though they are set in different times, places and circumstances, the respective protagonists still mirror each other’s desperation to reach a social status that inevitably eludes them both. No additional sources cited.
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Tragedy in Literature
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In 7 pages, the author presents an argumentative essay in which it is argued that of the two plays, Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman,' and William Shakespeare's 'The Tragedy of Othello, The Moor of Venice,' the one that is more tragic is 'Death of a Salesman.' Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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“Comparison Between the Characters of Willy in Death of a Salesman and John in The Crucible”
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A comparison between the characters of Willy Loman in Miller’s Death of a Salesman and John Proctor in Miller’s The Crucible, looking at the importance of the themes of deception and integrity in the two dramas and the way in which these themes are developed by the actions of the protagonists. Bibliography lists 4 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Society And The Individual
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A 5 page paper looking at the roles of Miller's protagonist Willy Loman and American society itself in bringing about Willy's downfall. The paper argues that both are equally culpable -- society for inventing the myth of the American Dream, and Willy for buying into it. Bibliography lists 1 source.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' -- Characters of Biff & Happy
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In this 5 page paper, the writer compares and contrasts protagonist Willy Loman's two sons (Biff & Happy). Specifically analyzed : the young mens' relationship with each other, their mother, and most importantly, their father. No Bibliography.
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Death of a Salesman: Portrayal of Failure
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This well-written six page paper discusses the theme of the play and compares it to real life relationships. The relationship between Willy and his sons his discussed at length.
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Non-realism in Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A three page paper looking at Arthur Miller’s play in terms of those aspects which are deliberately not realistic. The paper discusses Miller’s intentions in presenting the play in this manner. No additional sources.
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Tragedy and Illusion in "Death of a Salesman" and "View from the Bridge"
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A six page paper comparing these two plays by Arthur Miller. The paper concludes that in both plays, the hero is standing in the midst of a tidal wave of reality against which he cannot possibly win, and yet he refuses to back down because that would mean ceasing to believe in the illusion that sustains him. Bibliography lists six sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Setting In The Play
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A 5 page paper on the physical set of Arthur Miller's play. The paper looks in detail at the directions for construction and design of the set for this play, and observes how these details serve to emphasize the theme of the play itself. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / Dysfunction
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A 5 page paper analyzing the dysfunctional family as shown in Arthur Miller's play. Defines a functional family and contrasts it to the Loman family of the play. No additional sources cited.
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Death of a Salesman (Film Analysis)
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This 7 page paper provides an analysis of the relationship between the protagonist, Willy Loman, and his sons. The work is evaluated primarily in terms of theme and plot. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman': Biff And Willy Loman
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5 pages in length. Willy Loman and his son Biff are fashioned out of the same social mold, inasmuch as their respective desires to meet the unspoken demands of responsibility are hopelessly unattainable. In spite of the fact that Biff watches his father slowly wither away under the pressures of social performance, he does not learn from the experience, merely serving to perpetuate the ongoing dance that exists between success and failure. Indeed, one can readily argue that Willy's primary focus was upon providing for his family, for whom he believed he had to sacrifice his entire life. It was through this skewed perception of one's existence that Willy ultimately lost his way along the path of happiness while in perpetual pursuit of his own social responsibility. In a way, this sense of responsibility rubbed off on Biff to the extent that he attempted to gain his father's appreciation through efforts of his own, yet inevitably falling far short of his worthless quest. The writer discusses how Willy and Biff Loman mirror each other. No additional sources cited.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death of A Salesman' Hoffman as Loman In The Film Version
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A 5 page paper comparing the televised version of Arthur Miller's play, starring Dustin Hoffman, with the original work. No additional sources cited.
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"The Iceman Cometh," "Waiting For Godot" And "Death Of A Salesman": Time And Attitude
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6 pages in length. The writer discusses the aspects of time and attitude as they relate to the three plays. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A five page paper providing an overview of this classic American play. The paper discusses Willy Loman’s role as hero, Miller’s use of foil characters, dramatic suspense and exposition, and the influence of the play’s set in our understanding of the play’s theme. No additional sources.
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Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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This 4 page report discusses the extent to which Willie Loman is to blame for the tragic ending of Arthur Miller’s most famous play. The writer also questions to what extent society is also responsible. What made Biff and Hap into the boy-men they were? No additional sources are listed in the bibliography.
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Biff and Willy’s Destructive Relationship in Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A six page paper looking at the way the protagonist of Arthur Miller’s classic play imbues his son with his warped sociological values. The paper shows that the son’s repeated failures in life are due to his father’s idealization of him, and this in turn is based on the father’s inability to see his own life realistically. Bibliography lists three sources.
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Staging Illusion in "Death of a Salesman" and "The Glass Menagerie"
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A ten page paper looking at these two plays, by Arthur Miller and Tennessee Williams respectively, in terms of the way the playwrights brought their characters' illusions to life on the stage. The paper shows that Miller used a much more expressionistic technique while Williams developed his characters more conventionally. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” in its Social Context
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A 10 page paper looking at Arthur Miller’s classic twentieth century play in terms of its indictment of capitalist society. The paper shows how the protagonists’ illusions distort his own values and those he teaches his sons, and observes that in that respect little has changed today. Bibliography lists seven sources.
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Arthur Miller's 'Death Of A Salesman' / The Tragedy of Willy Loman
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A 5 page paper evaluating Arthur Miller's claim that 'tragedy is the conscience of a man's total compulsion to evaluate himself justly.' The writer argues that Willy Loman's tragedy is, in fact, that he cannot evaluate himself justly; even suicide is preferable to that. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Morals and Society in Arthur Millers' Death of a Salesman;
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This 8 page paper looks at the way in which the morals in this play are seen to revolve around the idea success and material possessions. Willy Loman, an anti hero can be seen as embodying everything negative about the world of sales, yet in studying him and his role in the play we can see the criticism of societal values. The bibliography cites 4 sources.
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Learning The Lessons Early
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This five page paperpresents a detailed discussion of The death of Ivan Ilyich by Tolstoy and The Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller , and how leaders can learn lessons form the protagonists. Bibliography lists two sources.
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Acting and Setting: Death of a Salesman
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A 5 page paper which discusses the use of acting and setting in Death of a Salesman and addresses how these items helped, or harmed, the production. The production addressed is that which took place in Eugene O'Neill Theater in New York City. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Willy Loman: Accidental Infidel.
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(7 pp) Usually when an extramarital affair is discovered, the couple will undergo a crisis, which may evolve into the most difficult part of the issue. The "injured" spouse may feel emotionally abandoned by the other spouse, or she/ he may even feel a loss of her/his image of marriage. One or the other of the partners may have difficulty functioning due to the stress. None of these things happen in Miller's drama, Death of a Salesman. Willy Loman, as the ultimate salesman, has been "selling himself" for years. This discussion looks at the result of Willy's "personality and charm" leading to his "accidental" affairs. Suggestions, from a psychological point of view, are made as to the "why" of his actions. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Death of a Salesman – Multi-Layered Themes!
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Death of a Salesman – Multi-Layered Themes!: This 6-page analytical essay provides a solid basis for understanding this Arthur Miller play. Additionally, there is an extensive examination of the multi-layered themes. One of Miller’s most widely read plays – it is often also the most misunderstood. Bibliography lists 9 sources. SNDeaths.doc
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Death of a Salesman (1985 Filed Version)
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This 5 page paper contemplates Schlondorff's filmed version of the Arthur Miller classic about a traveling salesman and the relationships he has with his family. Acting and cinematography are discussed. This version stars Dustin Hoffman and there is a notable appearance by John Malkovich. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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"Death of a Salesman" and Oedipus: Stories of Two Tragic Heroes
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A 10 page overview of these two classic plays. Makes the contention that each is just as representative of the literary genre of classic tragedy as is the other. Observes that each is a different twist on one man's perception of the concepts of hope, fate, and destiny. Emphasizes that Oedipus believed that he could escape the hand of fate and create his own destiny. Willy on the other hand thought that he would ride the tide of fate to his ultimate destiny. The problems which resulted in each instance, however, was that the final outcome was very different than that which was envisioned by the hero of each tale. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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"Death of a Salesman" and Oedipus: Stories of Two Tragic Heroes
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A 10 page overview of these two classic plays. Makes the contention that each is just as representative of the literary genre of classic tragedy as is the other. Observes that each is a different twist on one man's perception of the concepts of hope, fate, and destiny. Emphasizes that Oedipus believed that he could escape the hand of fate and create his own destiny. Willy on the other hand thought that he would ride the tide of fate to his ultimate destiny. The problems which resulted in each instance, however, was that the final outcome was very different than that which was envisioned by the hero of each tale. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Arthur Miller and “Death of a Salesman”
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A 5 page paper which examines how Miller’s most celebrated play relates to the writer’s life. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Relationship In Miller And Hansbury
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This 5 page paper compares Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman and Lorraine Hansbury's A Raison In The Sun in terms of the relationships between men and women. No additional sources are listed.
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The Bonds of Home in Conroy, Hawthorne and Miller
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An 8 page paper on the significance of 'home' -- in both its beneficent and constraining aspects -- in Arthur Miller's Death of A Salesman; Pat Conroy's Prince of Tides; and Nathaniel Hawthorne's The Scarlet Letter. The paper notes that although home may have been where the hurt occurred, it is where healing must begin as well. No sources except books themselves.
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Three Plays of Arthur Miller
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A 5 page paper looking at 3 plays by this well-known American playwright -- Death of A Salesman, A View From The Bridge, and After The Fall. The writer argues that the first two plays explore clearly-defined and important themes which have significance and resonance in our society; the third does not, but it represents a sincere effort on the part of a great talent to make sense of his world. No sources.
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Gatsby, Loman, and the American Dream
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A 5 page look at these two characters from Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman and F. Scott Fitzgerald’s The Great Gatsby. The paper shows how both characters illustrate the falseness of the belief that charisma means more than ability; appearance means more than reality; ruthlessness means more than ethics; and success is everything. No additional sources.
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Willy Loman and Hamlet as Tragic Heroes
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A 6 page paper which illustrates how Shakespeare and Arthur Miller present their tragic heroes in "Hamlet" and "Death of a Salesman" respectively. The argument is presented that both men are struggling to do the right thing. They are both noble in many respects, but Hamlet appears more noble only because his presence is in the past in a romantic kingdom, while Willy is in more present times trudging along in a world we all know too well and therefor cannot fantasize about. Bibliography lists 7 additional sources.
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Women In The Plays Of Arthur Miller
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A 40 page thesis on five plays by this well-known American playwright -- Death of A Salesman from the 1940s, The Crucible and A View From The Bridge from the 1950s, After The Fall from the 1960s, and A Ride Down Mount Morgan from the 1990s. After analyzing the four main types of female characters that appear in these plays, the writer concludes that the tendency of much of Miller's work to focus on the inner thoughts of one male protagonist gives little opportunity for the development of female characterization. Bibliography lists 16 sources..
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Family Values In The Loman Household
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Death Of A Salesman was written and produced in 1949. The post war years were a time of re-evaluating and re-inventing many of the values and beliefs that had been torn apart by a war that had shown the world the depths that human spirit and decency could go while wearing the face of normalcy. This 5 page essay attempts to explore the play by Arthur Miller in terms of what the family values were, what they meant to the Lomans and how the modern world had come to a place where the abuse of traditional family values was becoming the norm. No additional sources are listed.
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The Same, Yet Different
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This five-page-paper analyzies the different ways Nora, from “A Doll’s House”, and Willy, from “Death Of A Salesman” react to the stress and problems of their lives. Bibliography lists two sources.
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The Evolution of Tragedy
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A 5 page look at the changes the genre of dramatic tragedy has undergone between the days of the ancient Greeks and our own era. Examples are provided from Sophocles' Oedipus Rex, Shakespeare's Measure for Measure, and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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The Sporting Culture of the United States as seen through Contemporary Literature
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This 11 page paper looks at the manifestations of sporting culture society in the United States. This is examined by the use of three books, Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Fences by August Wilson; and Rabbit Run by John Updike. The way in which the psychological aspects of a society which respects winners and ignores losers is examined in the portrayal of this antisocial emphasis on materialistic gains and not personal attributes. The bibliography cites 5 sources.
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Symbolism in American Literature
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This 5 page report discusses the symbolism in several representative examples of American literature – “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller, “Hills Like White Elephants” by Ernest Hemingway, and “Young Goodman Brown” by Nathaniel Hawthorne. Colors, numbers, representations and objects can all serve as another layer to a story, as well as another realm for questioning the author’s intent. Bibliography lists 10 sources.
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Different Attitudes Toward Age
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In 5 pages, the author discusses different attitudes toward age using Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, Edward Albee's The Sandbox, and Katherine Mansfield's Miss Brill. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Eudora Welty -- Lack Of Communication In Her Fiction
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A 5 page paper showing how lack of interpersonal communication is a common theme in Welty's short stories. The paper particularly looks at the stories Death of a Traveling Salesman, A Worn Path, Why I Live at the P.O., and The Hitch-hikers. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Women in Literature; Ancient Rome and the Twentieth Century
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This 7 page paper considers the gender roles and general perseptions of women in society in Ancient Rome and toady, by using the Virgil's 'The Aeneid', Juvenal 'Satires', Arthur Miller 'Death of a Salesman' and Ken Kesey's 'One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest'. The paper uses quotes to illustrate the points raised and argues that although there have been many changes, there remain similarities. The bibliography cites 5 sources.
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Fate and the Individual in Sophocles, Shakespeare, and Miller
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A five page paper looking at "Oedipus the King", "Macbeth", and "Death of a Salesman" in terms of the way they pit the individual against forces he cannot control. The paper asserts that over time, Western civilization moved from a definition of tragedy as something set in motion by outside agents -- such as fate -- and catalyzed by the protagonist's tragic flaw, to a situation where the tragedy arises almost entirely out of the flawed protagonist himself. No additional sources.
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'Timebends' / The Autobiography of Arthur Miller
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A 6 page analysis of playwright Arthur Miller's autobiography 'Timebends.' Miller gave the American theatre some of its most profound and most performed plays-'Death of A Salesman' and 'The Crucible,' to name two of the most popular. Miller was an acknowledged master of a now-vanishing Broadway genre of ethical melodrama that was fueled by anger from the 1930s. Along with writers such as Lillian Hellman, Miller created plays that revolved around a sense of social injustice. 'Timebends' gives insight into Miller's creative process and some of his goals in creating his plays. No additional sources cited.
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Aristotle & The Tragedy of the Uncommon Man
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A 5 page paper analyzing the concept of tragedy as defined by Aristotle (and illustrated in Sophocles' Oedipus the King) and Arthur Miller's definition of the form (as described in his essay 'The Tragedy of the Common Man' and illustrated in Death of a Salesman). Bibliography lists one source.
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Willy and the American Dream.
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(5pp) This is the American dream, turned nightmare, the story of a simple, flawed man who spends an entire lifetime trying to become the man he sees reflected in his loved ones' eyes. Over fifty years fall away and Miller's work is as fresh as the day it was written, as challenging, as frightening, as thought-provoking and, ultimately, as devastating. It has been said of Miller's text, "some plays grow with time, some plays define a time. Death of a Salesman does both. " Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Management Leadership in Fiction
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A 9 page paper examining the leadership ability of several fictional characters. Works discussed include Glaspell's "A Jury of Her Peers;" Bolt's "A Man for All Seasons;" Miller's "Death of a Salesman;" Bertolt Brecht's "Galileo;" de Saint-Exupery's "Night Flight;" Orwell's "Shooting an Elephant;" and Percy's "The Moviegoer." Each of these works holds a character that can be used either to illustrate what leadership is, or what it is not. Without question, the characters exhibiting true leadership - Sir Thomas More, Martha Hale, Galileo, Rivičre - are those easiest to admire. The others are useful as example of what not to do. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Greed as Exemplified in Literature
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This 5 page paper looks at Willy Loman of Miller's Death of a Salesman and Milkman in Toni Morrison's Song of Solomon to explain how these characters are driven by greed. The characters are compared and contrasted. The subject of greed and the American Dream are explored as thematic elements of these works. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Dreams and Desires
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This five-page-paper presents a thought provoking discussion in the use of themes , ideas and unfulfilled expectations in Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller. Bibliography lists one source.
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Miller, Albee and Mansfield on Aging
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A 5 page research paper that looks at three works by American authors that each offers a critique of the way that American culture treats the topic of aging. 'Miss Brill' by Katherine Mansfield, 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller, and 'The Sandbox' by Edward Albee are examined as to how each work addresses aging. The writer argues that each of these authors has shown through their work that the way that aging citizens are treated in this country provides the basis for tragedy. Bibliography lists 5 sources.
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Meaning and Identity in Fromm, Miller, Frankl, Pearson, and Walker
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A five page paper looking at these five seminal twentieth-century writers and thinkers in terms of their ideas on our search for meaning in life. Writers and works discussed are Erich Fromm’s “To Have or To Be?”, Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman,” Viktor Frankl’s “Man’s Search for Meaning,” Carol Pearson’s “The Hero Within,” and Alice Walker’s “In Search of Our Mother’s Gardens.” Bibliography lists five sources.
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True and False Values in "Death of a Salesman"
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A 6 page paper which discusses how Willy Loman is the victim of false values, those found in the American dream. The paper also discusses those characters which illustrate what may well be the true values as they regard success and life. No additional sources cited.
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Stage and Television Adaptations of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A 7 page paper which compares and contrasts the original 1949 stage production with the 1985 TV-movie within the literary contexts of plot, theme, setting, and character. Bibliography lists 6 sources.
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Biff; Character Development on Death of a Salesman
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This 5 page paper considers the character of Biff Loman and the way that he develops at different stages in his life. The paper starts by looking at his life as a school boy, and follows Biff until the fateful day when he forces his father, Willy, to here the truth. The bibliography cites 4 sources.
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Symbolism in Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A 5 page paper which examines how symbolism is used as a literary device throughout the play, and includes criticism from, among others, the playwright and the play’s original director, Elia Kazan. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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Miller and Dubus/ American Dream Gone Wrong
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An 8 page essay that examines two works. Like Arthur Miller's famous play Death of a Salesman, Andre Dubus' novel House of Sand and Fog largely concerns the obtainment of the American Dream, and what this means in the life of the protagonist in each work. While these protagonists are extremely different, they are each men who have insisted on living life on their own terms only to find out that those terms were satisfactory. No additional sources cited.
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Faulkner & Miller on Fathers & Sons
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A 5 page research paper that examines the relationship between fathers and sons in William Faulkner's short story "Barn Burning" and Arthur Miller's play "Death of a Salesman." The writer argues that the families of Abner Snopes and Willy Loman have one major feature in common. The sons in both families suffer because of the values passed on by their fathers. Bibliography lists 7 sources.
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Arthur Miller/Influences on Salesman
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A 6 page research paper that examines the factors that influenced Arthur Miller in writing his award-winning play Death of a Salesman. The writer argues that the main inspiration to Miller was the post-WWII American culture. Bibliography lists 8 sources.
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The Journey of the Tragic Hero -- The Common Theme in “King Lear” and “Death of a Salesman”
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This 5 page report discusses Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman” and Shakespeare’s “King Lear.” In both plays, the primary character repeatedly demonstrates himself to be a manifestation of the tragic hero. Each are dramas that have endured because they acknowledge the fact that each person is ultimately responsible for the actions he or she sets into motion. Bibliography lists 3 sources.
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Analysis of Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A 5 page paper which summarizes the play, examines its social message, and discusses the merits of the play as literature and as social commentary. Bibliography lists 2 sources.
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Dreams Turning into Nightmares for Willy Loman
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(5 pp). Much of the Arthur Miller's play The Death of A Salesman, looks at the loss of one man's idea of the American Dream of success, or "making it." It occurs to Willy Loman that he is not making it, as he thought he would, neither are his sons. Loman was so busy focused on himself and his first son, that not much thought is given to his second son, Hap. Happy, who hardly follows the nature of his name, will be the focus of this discussion.
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The Impact of a Family’s Need to Make More Money
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The Impact of a Family’s Need to Make More Money: This 5-page essay examines the impacting issues relevant to the familial needs to make more money. By way of two acclaimed literary works, Arthur Miller’s “Death of A Salesman”, and Tillie Olsen’s “I Stand Here Ironing” a myriad of examples are given that expound on these elements. Although extra money affords families more comforts than a life lived with less, very often what is lost as a result is ultimately something that money cannot buy. Bibliography lists 4 sources. SNMoney1.doc
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Comparative Analysis of Tennessee Williams’ “The Glass Menagerie” and Arthur Miller’s “Death of a Salesman”
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A 9 page paper (8.5 pp. + 1/2 pg. outline) which compares and contrasts the perceptions of reality and illusion in the respective plays. Bibliography lists 9 sources.
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