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Prof Pat Swenson

Sierra Tower 812

Phone: 818.677.3410

Campus Email: pat.swenson@csun.edu

Elements of Fiction

Literary Theory

Myth & Archetype: The Hero's Quest

ProfPat's Main Page

ProfPat's Education Links



Department Information

Department of English

708 Sierra Tower
Phone: 818.677.3431

English Department Website

Humanities Program

Jerome Richfield Hall 253
Phone: 818.677.3431

Humanities Program Website

Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller - Discussion Guide

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Characters

Willy Loman, Biff Loman, Happy Loman, Linda Loman

Charley, Bernard, Uncle Ben, The Woman

Howard Wagner, Jenny, Stanley, Miss Forsythe and Letta

Conflict

Person-against-self - an internal conflict of feelings.

Person-against-person - the typical protagonist vs. antagonist scenario.

Person-against-society - the protagonist battles against the larger organizations of society
(or a system of beliefs held by society).

Person-against-nature - the protagonist is threatened by a component of nature.

Themes/Motifs/Symbols

Themes: The American Dream, Abandonment, Betrayal, Idealism vs. Realism

Symbols: Seeds, Diamonds, Stockings, The Rubber Hose

Motifs: Heroes and Mythic Figures, The American West, Alaska, and The African Jungle

Aspects of the Theatrical Stage Production

Use of Dramatic Questions – dramatic hooks, devices to hold the attention of the audience. (Examples include: Will he come? Who did it? Will he or she succeed?)

Subdivisions: Scene & Act Construction – effect on plot pace, tension.

Staging: The Effect of a One Stage Set

The visual/audio production as stated in the stage direction (staging, lighting, backdrop, sound effects, music, etc.)