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Students Will Review:
This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about the historical context of Death of a Salesman for a standard literature course. Topics covered include:
- The biography of Arthur Miller and his major works
- Genre and setting in Death of a Salesman
- Historical context and time period of the play
- Comparative review of Marxism and Capitalism
1. Arthur Miller: Biography and Major Plays
In this lesson, we will talk about the life of one of America's greatest playwrights, Arthur Miller. We will take a close look at his role in the American political scene of the 1950s and give insight into some of his most influential works.
2. Death of a Salesman: Setting & Genre
This lesson identifies the genre of Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman'. It also discusses the significance of the setting in Miller's tragic play about Willy Loman, a traveling salesman.
3. Death of a Salesman: Time Period & Historical Context
In this lesson, we'll learn more about the time period represented in Arthur Miller's 'Death of a Salesman.' We'll also explore the ways in which the play's portrayal of the past frames its critical view of the American Dream.
4. Capitalism & Marxism in Death of a Salesman
In ''Death of a Salesman,'' Arthur Miller creates an environment in which certain negative aspects of capitalism can be examined. In doing so, he offers an opportunity for a Marxist perspective to be taken.
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