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Choose two of the following questions and respond in 500 words to each question. You need to get to 1,000 words in total. Alternately, you can respond to three questions. You must write at least 1,000 words. Please upload your response into a Microsoft Word document. Be sure to read the play in your book and watch the film on YouTube. Remember that this assignment is due on Sunday, Dec. 5th. Here is the link. https:// class=”screenreader-only”> (Links to an external site.)
The play is in your book, but it can be found as as PDF online in various places. Here is one link for it.
1. Do you agree with Willy, who believes that contacts and personality are what make a salesman a success, or with Charley, who believes that a salesman must have confidence in his product and the ability to sell it? Select an opinion to agree with, and give evidence to support your belief. Do you think Willy is a narcissist? Why or why not?
2. Biff says, “He had the wrong dreams.” What was wrong about Willy’s dreams? Was there a right dream for Willy? Is Willy ever a success? Explain. What dream could Willy have followed successfully? How did Biff’s dreams differ from Willy’s dreams? What were some of Willy’s slogans about life?
3. How do you define tragedy? According to your definition, is Death of a Salesman a tragedy? Is it a tragedy according to the classic definition? Explain how it is or isn’t. You can include things about ageism and how corporations don’t always treat people well later in life. You can make this modern and talk about current times and how governments and corporations are responding or not responding to the needs of people.
4. Talk about the theme of family in this play. How has society changed around handling mental health issues such as suicidal idealization, ageism, and gender roles? Considering the time period, what do you understand about how people handled mental health issues in the past?