Death of a Salesman

Death of a Salesman

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ISBN: 9780140481341
Grades: 9-12

Product Description:

This play by Arthur Miller was first performed in 1949 and has been popular ever since. The majority of the play takes place in Willy Loman's (the main character) house and yard, although there are some scenes in the places he travels to. Willy is a failing traveling salesman who has a passionate dream for success and achieving the classic "American dream." Struggling to support his wife and two boys, Willy is somewhat of an unrealistic dreamer. There's a bit of humor in the play, but overall, it's a drama that ends rather tragically. There are about five main characters and thirteen characters in all. The book presents the play in standard play format and is 140 pgs, pb. ~ Rachel

Publisher Description:

Ever since it was first performed in 1949, Death of a Salesman has been recognized as a milestone of the American theater. In the person of Willy Loman, the aging, failing salesman who makes his living riding on a smile and a shoeshine, Arthur Miller redefined the tragic hero as a man whose dreams are at once insupportably vast and dangerously insubstantial. He has given us a figure whose name has become a symbol for a kind of majestic grandiosity—and a play that compresses epic extremes of humor and anguish, promise and loss, between the four walls of an American living room.

Category Description for Veritas Press Omnibus Programs:

From the captivating introductory question “Why study this stuff?” to the glorious full-color artwork representations to the sheer comprehensiveness of the coverage, these books are enthralling. Omnibus is Latin for “all encompassing; everything.” The publishers couldn’t have picked a better title for this project that has as its goal a six-year theology, history, and literature curriculum that will literally “talk about everything” - all the important ideas from all the ages will be put on the table to explore.

The Omnibus curriculum desires to enable the student to unlock the treasure chest of ideas contained in the Great Books – those which have guided and informed thinking people of western civilization. While you might associate the term with the list compiled and edited by Mortimer Adler, the publishers and editors of the Omnibus have established their own list that overlaps with Adler’s.

Omnibus is both classical and Christian. It was written from a distinctly Protestant viewpoint that is best summarized by the Westminster Confession of Faith. Omnibus I (Biblical and Classical Civilizations) and Omnibus II (Church Fathers Through the Reformation) are 7th and 8th grade texts with emphasis on the logic stage. Omnibus IV - V covers similar time periods but with emphasis on the rhetoric stage. Omnibus III & VI covers modern (1563 to present) times with logic and rhetoric emphasis respectively. In other words, grades 7-12 grades are covered in two, three-year rotations.

Each Omnibus is divided into two semesters with primary (traditional Great Books) and secondary (other) book selections for each. These selections and the course built around them are rigorous; very rigorous. Some parents might be concerned about portions of the content. The editors are clear about several things. First, they assume that evil is to be conquered rather than evaded. Secondly, they assume that godly oversight and protection will accompany the student through this coursework. Thirdly, they see the Christian home as a boot camp where students are taught to handle their weapons - under godly, patient supervision. Lastly, since the Bible includes the same topics as these books there is no subject that this curriculum will raise in the minds of junior or senior high students that would not also be raised as he reads the Bible.

If you’re beginning to feel overwhelmed, relax. These texts will instill confidence even as they make the job easier for you. In essence, they’re comprised of stand-alone guides for reading, studying and understanding these Great Books and the Great Conversation of ideas they represent. Beginning with an introductory worldview essay, a session is outlined for each day a book is to be studied. The number of weeks in a study varies with the selection. Discussion is a major part of every book study. Some days the discussion is general with an eye on comprehension but more often the focus is textual, cultural, and biblical analysis. There are daily reading assignments and almost daily writing assignments plus a large selection of optional activities. The really comforting thought is that the Teacher CD contains complete and thorough answers and talking points for every discussion or question raised.

In addition to the wonderful artwork, other excellent resources are evident. Appendix I outlines a two semester reading schedule. Appendix II is a parallel timeline of events in history, literature, and theology, with miniature art representations or a book cover. The Teacher CD-ROM includes the entire text on PDF files with answers and talking points inserted into the discussion session notes. Additionally, lesson plans, teaching tips, and midterm and semester exams with answers are included. It also includes a grading calculator - an Excel file where you insert a student’s grades. The text does not include the reading selections; you will need to obtain them separately. The editors also mention two beneficial references - Western Civilization by Spielvogel and the History of Art for Young People (we have it listed as Short History of Art) by Janson & Janson. As you look over the reading selections, don’t be surprised to note, “I read this book in college.” These are academically (and spiritually) challenging courses. ~ Janice


Category Description for Omnibus III: Reformation to the Present:

First Semester Primary Books: Westminster Confession of Faith, The Pilgrim's Progress, Of Plymouth Plantation, The Social Contract, Foundational American Documents, Federalist and Anti-Federalist Papers, A Tale of Two Cities.

First Semester Secondary Books: Foxe's Book of Martyrs, Frankenstein, Pride and Prejudice, Gulliver's Travels, Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin, The Pit and the Pendulum, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer.

Second Semester Primary Books: Reflections on the Revolution in France, Uncle Tom's Cabin, Lincoln's Speeches, Slave Narratives, The Communist Manifesto, The Treaty of Versailles, The Great Gatsby, Mein Kampf, Philemon, The Epistles of John, The Epistles of Peter and Jude, Nineteen Eighty-Four, Daniel.

Second Semester Secondary Books: Little Women, The Killer Angels, Christianity and Liberalism, The Old Man and the Sea, Animal Farm, Death of a Salesman, Postmodern Times, How Should We Then Live?




Category Description for Veritas History Programs:

Instead of isolating Bible and Christian history from what was happening in the rest of the world, the folks at Veritas aim to incorporate it. They offer four different history time periods (each aimed at a different grade level and designed to take one school year) which take students from creation to the present. The program originally had three parts: teacher's manual, history cards (an absolutely essential element of the curriculum) and a memory song on audio CD. The song is sung by a woman with a pleasant voice at varying tempos and is designed as a type of auditory time line. The history cards are fantastic! They have many interesting facets (the more you study them, the more you learn). The cards from the various time periods are color coded and numbered - there are 32 cards in each pack. If the cards also relate to Bible history they have another color and another number. Each card has a picture (usually in full color) representing what it is about. For example, the card for Creation has a reproduction of the Creation of the sun and moon from the Sistine Chapel Ceiling by Michelangelo. Many of the other pictures on the other cards are famous paintings as well. Each card has a


Primary Subject
Library Builders
Grade Start
9
Grade End
12
ISBN
9780140481341
Binding
Trade Paper
Pages
144
Language
English
Series Title
Penguin Plays Ser.
Audience
General Adult
Awards
Pulitzer Prize ( WON AWARD ) 1949
Contributor
Arthur Miller (Illustrator)
Author
Arthur Miller
Format
Softcover Book
Brand Name
Penguin Books
Weight
0.25 (lbs.)
Dimensions
7.5" x 5.5" x 0.25"
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Part of a curriculum for my son. It was the lowest priced from the vendors I researched.
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Part of a curriculum for my son. It was the lowest priced from the vendors I researched.
Cheryl P on Jun 12, 2018
Required for Omnibus 3
Kim M on Aug 1, 2016
Required for Omnibus 3
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