Analyzing theme in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman
Death of a Salesman.Miller, Arthur (1949) Death of a Salesman. ACTS I & II. Retrieved from http://www.pelister.org/literature/ArthurMiller/Miller_Salesman.pdfâ€œAttention Must Be Paid.â€You are asked in your graded writing assignment for this module to analyze what you see as a major theme in Millerâ€™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 Millerâ€™s Acts I & II of Death of a Salesman. Use the module notes and assigned readings to further guide your analysis of the playâ€™s theme. Clearly, the play grapples with the theme of self-awareness and family values and what it means to pursue the â€œAmerican Dreamâ€ among other possible themes. You also should review the two (2) New York Times articles related to Millerâ€™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.pdfâ€œAttention Must Be Paid.â€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.htmlTragedy 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.htmlWrite an essay of 500 words minimum analyzing what you see as the primary theme of Arthur Millerâ€™s Death of a Salesman, and assert why you think â€œattention must be paid.â€***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 authorâ€™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 authorâ€™s article and to include the cited website using APA formatting.