First, re-read Miller’s Acts I & II of Death of a Salesman. Use the module notes and assigned…

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 no fewer than 500 words maximum 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.

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