Day 5

Death of a Salesman Lesson Plan

Discussion of Thought Questions

  1. 1

    What is more important to the Requiem: thought or emotion?

    Emotion is at its height at a funeral, when life confronts death and sadness runs deep. For the audience to experience the play to the full, expressing the characters' emotion seems most important. Recall that opening night had the audience weeping. But the characters have many unanswered questions and concerns. Is the funeral really the right time to engage in thought about these things, though? Does it work for the characters to engage in this dialogue at the funeral? Did Miller have any better option, given the flow of the play?

  2. 2

    How are the themes of the play brought out in this final scene?

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