Literary Devices in Death of a Salesman


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Which of the following objects is used as a symbol in Death of a Salesman?

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1. What is an anti-hero in literature?

2. What literary device is exemplified by the witness' revelation that Willy has driven deliberately into a bridge in Death of a Salesman?

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About This Quiz & Worksheet

This quiz/worksheet analyzes the literary devices present in Death of a Salesman. Within, you'll find questions concerning the characters, symbolism, thematics, and other elements of the play.

Quiz & Worksheet Goals

This quiz/worksheet looks at the following facets of Death of a Salesman and literary devices:

  • Symbolism
  • Anti-heroes
  • The device demonstrated by the witness realizing Willy has driven into a bridge on purpose
  • The meaning of theme in literature
  • How flashbacks function in literature

Skills Practiced

  • Defining key concepts - ensure that you can accurately define anti-hero and theme in a literary context
  • Reading comprehension - make sure you've drawn important information from the lesson on the literary devices in Death of a Salesman
  • Information recall - access the knowledge you've gained regarding the purpose of flashbacks in literature

Additional Learning

To look closer at the literary devices in this play, you can review the corresponding lesson titled, Literary Devices in Death of a Salesman. This lesson is made up of the following learning goals:

  • Define protagonist
  • Describe tragedy in literature
  • Explore the presence of motifs in the play