Day 2

Death of a Salesman Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    How do you characterize the relationship between Willy and Charley (in the present)?

    Charley has achieved financial success, while Willy has not. Willy finds it unacceptable that someone who (in his opinion) is not well liked and lacks character and physical strength has succeeded, while he and his sons have not. Willy offers advice to Charley at every opportunity in an attempt to assert some dominance over him. He defines a man as a person who can handle tools well, using a physical description of manhood rather than monetary or status-based descriptions that would have to acknowledge Charley's superiority. Willy is inconsistent; he actually does value money and status,...

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