Death of a Salesman is considered to be one of the finest works of Arthur Miller and one of the foremost plays in modern American literature. The way the play encapsulates and evokes America at the time it was written, while also exploring various aspects of human nature, has made it a timeless classic for both stage and screen.
Death of a Salesman is also a popular set text for examination boards around the world. In this study guide, the author presents the main aspects of the play, setting, character and plot. Students and teachers alike will find invaluable the in-depth insights into the play, including themes, the use of symbolism, the importance of stage direction, and more.
You will also learn how Death of a Salesman is related to other works of literature, in particular to the tragic form, and how its significance can be seen in the play as a whole.
Sample examination questions for coursework and examination preparation, plus a variety of activities, provide opportunities for students to engage deeply with the material and through this detailed study, try to help them gain good grades. These activities can also help them gain a true appreciation of this timeless work of literature. Written by an experienced teacher, with exam success in mind, this English Study Buddy Guide can be downloaded and used immediately by students and teachers seeking a deeper understanding of the play.
High School Students
High School Teachers preparing students for coursework or examinations regarding the play
TABLE OF CONTENTS
INTRODUCTION TO THE STUDY GUIDE
INTRODUCTION TO THE PLAY
INTRODUCTION TO THE CHARACTERS
SUMMARIES OF EACH ACT
COMMENTARY ON THE PLAY
STUDENT ACTIVITIES FOR CLASSWORK/HOMEWORK/COURSEWORK
FURTHER READING ACTIVITIES
A BIOGRAPHY OF ARTHUR MILLER
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Siobhan McNally was educated in the United States and England, and has been a teacher of English Language and Literature for nearly three decades. A former student of Frank McCourt at Stuyvesant High School, she was also mentored by him during her teacher training course at New York University.
She received her Master’s Degree in Renaissance English Literature from the University of Sussex, and has served as an examiner and Senior Examiner for most of the Examination Boards in the UK.
She is the founder of English Study Buddy and the author of a variety of study guides, including Dickens’ Great Expectations and Keneally’s The Playmaker.