- What does Willy's garden symbolize? Consider his American Dream and these lines he speaks: I've got to get some seeds. I've got to get some seeds, right away. Nothing's planted. I don't have a thing in the ground.
- Hap tries to give Linda flowers. She throws them to the ground. The director (Volker Schlöndorff) chose to have Willy pick them up and put them in a vase of water. Why do you suppose Schlöndorff makes this choice?
- How does Biff begin to represent "truth" in this play? Consider this line he speaks: I realized what a ridiculous lie my whole life has been.
- Why doesn't Willy want Biff to tell him the truth about the job he never had, or about being in jail?
- Consider the following lines: Biff: Pop! I'm a dime a dozen, and so are you!
Willy: I am not a dime a dozen! I am Willy Loman, and you are Biff Loman! What does Biff mean? What does Willy mean? What is Arthur Miller (playwright) tell the audience literally and figuratively?
- Who changes in this play? Who does not change? What is Miller's point?
- Why does Willy die at the end? Does he commit suicide?
Monday, November 1, 2010
Homework for 11/1/10
Answer the following "Death of a Salesman" questions:
at 1:30 PM