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Topics: Writing, Drama, 2009 Pages: 3 (435 words) Published: April 24, 2014
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller
IB-Style Essay

Choose one topic and develop an interpretive essay. Focus on Miller’s use of dramatic technique. Integrate concise quotations and evidence in a formal, critical, literary essay. Make sure your thesis is clear and insightful.

Topic 1

“Fact versus fantasy; this is a clash that can have comic or tragic results.” Bearing this statement in mind explore the results of using realism and fantasy in Death of a Salesman.

Topic 2

“Time and place are the basic elements of a play.”
In what ways does your study of Death of a Salesman lead you to support (or modify) this generalization?

Topic 3

Discuss how the set design contributes to a major theme in the play.

You may use your text and an outline.
Write a fully developed, organized essay.
Cite page numbers correctly: for example, page 83 is cited (83). SET (indent and single space) the entire quotation if it takes more than four lines. Double space, write legibly and leave a margin on both sides (justify) so I have room to make comments. Compose an original title.

Death of a Salesman essay – Diploma-Style

Suggested time: approximately 1 ½ to 2 hours

Do not use the texts provided in this booklet for the Critical/Analytical Response to Literary Texts Assignment. Choose from short stories, novels, plays, screenplays, poetry, films, or other literary texts that you have studied in English Language Arts 30-1. When considering the works that you have studied, choose a literary text (or texts) that is meaningful to you and relevant to the following assignment.

For this unit, you MUST use Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller as your chosen text. Choose ONE of the following topics to write an insightful, cohesive essay. Because this essay will be done at home, consider using quotes as supporting evidence.

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