Willy Loman, an aging traveling salesman, struggles to come to terms with his “failures,” reconnect with his sons, and let go of the ideal of the American Dream.
Below are some reading passages that we have hand picked to supplement this book. Be sure to read the passage summaries and our suggestions for instructional use.
This article from three years after the economic recession reports on the American Dream and the dwindling faith in it.
According to a recent study published in Psychological Science, spending money on experiences rather than materials can indeed bring people joy.
This interview from NPR's All Things Considered, hosted by Audie Cornish, discusses a recent study’s findings that children who demonstrate more ‘pro-social’ skills – those who share more and who are better listeners – are more likely to have jobs and stay out of trouble as young adults.
In "Miss Brill," a woman’s day in the park has unexpected emotional consequences.
G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936) was an English critic, philosopher and writer. Chesterton often wrote parables, which are stories that illustrate lessons in morality. In this opinion piece, Chesterton uses humor to mock books that aim to teach a person how to become wealthy and successful.
John Keats (1795-1821) was an English Romantic poet whose reputation grew after his death. This poem, though written in 1818, was first published posthumously in 1848. In it, a speaker shares desires for the future as well as fears.
In this excerpt from Poetics, Aristotle offers a definition of tragedy, as well as several examples and non-examples of the genre.
This article looks at how Hollywood films since the 1900s have depicted life in America and how they have helped manufacture the American Dream.
In “Capitalism Will Eat Democracy — Unless We Speak Up,” Yanis Varoufakis discusses the state of democracy today and how it relates to the political sphere and the economic sphere.