Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller.

Due: 11:59 PM EST Sunday of Unit 8.
Source Materials:
1. Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller.


Prompt:

In Death of a Salesman, what is Arthur Miller saying about success and the American
Dream? How does he convey this theme?

 

Choose two dramatic devices to support your answer. These will shape your supporting
sections.

You can use the characters, the dialogue, the plot, imagery, tone/mood, setting,
symbols, conflicts, dramatic irony, and other dramatic devices to support your answer.
You will also need to include text examples (dialogue/lines from the script) to support
your response.
Instructions:
Read through all of the instructions of this assignment.
Read and view the necessary resources in this unit to assist you with this response.
Your audience are people who have viewed and read the play as well, so please be sure
to focus on your reply and use plot points only as text examples. There is no need for a
summary of the play in this response.
Choose two dramatic devices to support your thesis. These will shape your supporting
sections. An example of a thesis in this response would be:
In Arthur Miller’s Death of a
Salesman, Miller effectively conveys the themes of Success and the American Dream
through the use of ______________ and ________________.
Reply to the above prompt, being sure to include:
o An introduction that introduces your thesis
o Supporting paragraphs that include:



Your analytical response.
Properly cited text examples that support your thesis.
Explanations of how Miller uses a particular dramatic device to support
his theme about success.

o A conclusion that recaps your thesis and support.
ENG130 – Literature and Composition
Literary Response – Death of a Salesman
Requirements:


This assignment should be 1 to 2 pages.
A title page is required and is not a part of the 1 to 2 pages. A reference page is
required for the play, the resource articles, and for additional outside sources as you use
them.
The response should also be double spaced, written in Times New Roman, in 12 point
font and with 1 inch margins. The response should conform to APA formatting and
citation style.
Use the third-person, objective voice, avoiding personal pronouns such as “I,” “you,”
“we,” etc.
Use APA format for in-text citations and references when using outside sources and
textual evidence.
Please be cautious about plagiarism. Make sure to use internal citations for direct

quotes, paraphrases, and new information.
Be sure to read before you write, and again after you write, the rubric criteria by which
your paper/project will be evaluated.

Evaluation Rubric for Literary Response – Death of a Salesman

CRITERIA Does Not Meet
Expectations
(0-11 Points)
Below
Expectations
(12-13 Points)
Needs
Improvement
(14-15 Points)
Satisfactory
(16-17 Points)
Meets
Expectations
(18-20)
Content Analysis not
present — simply
plot summary:
and/or
Analysis does not
address the
prompt.
Ideas lack
development;
misunderstandi
ng of prompt or
text; illogical
argument.
Analysis supports
the argument, but
ideas are obvious
and basic; and/or
analysis of play
shows a
misunderstanding
of the themes and
devices.
Analysis of
dramatic
elements is
convincing; a few
assertions may
lack specific
examples, but
assertions are
still clearly
connected to the
argument.
Effectively
analyzes at
least two
dramatic
devices; goes
beyond obvious
and basic
commentary;
original ideas
and insights.
Thesis
Statement
Thesis is not
present.
Thesis is
unclear and
loosely related
to the paper or
not present.
Thesis does
not appear in
the introductory
paragraph.
Thesis is
attempted with
little relation to the
overall topic.
Argument is
somewhat unclear
or confusing.
Some supporting
points are missing.
Thesis may not
appear in the
introductory
paragraph.
Thesis is present
and relates to the
majority of the
paper. Argument
takes a mostly
clear position and
is explained in
adequate detail.
Thesis appears in
the introductory
paragraph.
Thesis is
organized and
focused on the
paper.
Argument takes
a clear position
and is
explained in full
detail. Thesis
appears in the
introductory
paragraph.
Evidence
and
Support
Does not include
text support
and/or text
support is not
cited.
Very little
evidence is
given and used
in the essay
properly.
Evidence may
not relate to the
thesis
statement.
Evidence is
cited but not
with the proper
formatting.
Some evidence is
given and used in
the essay
properly. Evidence
is somewhat
related to the
thesis statement.
Evidence may or
may not always
cited properly.
Evidence is tied
to specific
evaluation
criteria. Evidence
is mostly tied to
the thesis
statement and
used properly
and is cited
properly.
Evidence is tied
to specific
evaluation
criteria and the
thesis
statement.
Evidence is
used effectively
and cited
properly.
APA
Format
APA format is not
followed.
Few APA
conventions
are followed,
and may be
incorrectly
formatted.
Some APA
conventions are
followed, although
not always
correctly.
APA conventions
followed with
some errors
evident
throughout.
Free of many to
all errors in
APA
conventions.

 

Grammar
and
Mechanics
Grammar and
mechanics’ errors
make the essay
incomprehensible.
Grammar,
spelling,
punctuation,
and mechanics
errors occur
throughout
document.
Word choices
are seldom
academic.
Sentence
structure may
be illogical or
unclear.
Several errors in
grammar,
punctuation,
spelling and
mechanics
present. Word
choice reveals
some
understanding of
academic
language
requirements.
Many sentence
structure issues
exist.
Some spelling,
grammar,
punctuation and
mechanical
errors are
evident.
Academic
language is
upheld. The
sentence
structure is often
logical and clear
so that
relationships
among ideas are
established.
Free of
punctuation,
spelling,
grammar, and
other
mechanical
errors.
Consistent use
of academic
word choices.
Sentence
structure is
mostly logical
and clear.

 

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