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Death of a Salesman - Topics for Essay Writing

Essay Topics

  1. Discuss Death of a Salesman as a political text.

  2. Death of a Salesman and the "American Dream".

  3. Discuss how the structure of Death of a Salesman complies with Miller’s approach to illusion versus reality.

  4. How does Death of a Salesman compare with a classical tragedy?

  5. Compare Biff and Happy and their relations to their parents.

  6. Discuss the function of the minor characters Charley, Bernard, Ben, and Howard Wagner.

  7. Why do you think Arthur Miller was suspected of having communist sympathies? What does that tell us about American society in the 40s and 50s?

  8. Death of a Salesman - a modern tragedy.

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