Essay on Sacrifice in Death of a Salesman

It has often been said that what we value can be determined by what we sacrifice. Consider how this statement applies to the play, Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller. Select a character from the play who has deliberately sacrificed, surrendered, or forfeited something in a way that highlights that character's values. Then, write a well-organized, sophisticated essay in which you answer the following question: How does a character's sacrifice illuminate (or highlight) the character's values and how does the character's sacrifice provide a deeper understanding of the meaning of the play, Death of a Salesman, as a whole?

Follow this outline (add sophisticated vocabulary, detailed sentences, abundant evidence from the play, thoughtful analysis and transition words like however, ultimately, furthermore, for instance, for this reason):
Introduction (4-6 sentences):

  • Hook: general statement, famous quote (not from the play), a question (not the essay question)
  • Introduce the title of the play (Death of a Salesman), the playwright (the author)--Arthur Miller, and a brief introduction of your chosen character who has made a sacrifice
  • Thesis: Answer the essay question

    Body Paragraph #1 (10-12 sentences):
    Statement: Reason #1 to support your thesis (the answer to the essay question). Sentence starter suggestion: _____________(the character you chose) has made the sacrifice of _________________(identify ONE sacrifice) which illuminates his/her ________________(choose a value, such as loyalty or trust).
    Proof: a quote or idea from the play to use as evidence to prove your reason. If you use a direct quote, then you must use proper citation. For example: Willy said, "I couldn't drive anymore" (Act 1, p. 3).
    Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain how it supports your thesis (refer to the words (and synonyms) in the essay question in your analysis throughout your body paragraphs. Words like sacrifice, illuminate, values, and deeper understanding)
    Proof: another quote or idea from the play to use as evidence to prove your reason
    Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain how it supports your thesis
    Connection: connect back to the thesis and the play as a whole

    Body Paragraph #2 (10-12 sentences):
    Statement: Reason #2 to support your thesis (the answer to the essay question). Sentence starter suggestion: _____________(the character you chose) has made the sacrifice of _________________(identify the SAME sacrifice you mentioned in body paragraph #1) which illuminates his/her ________________(choose a NEW value--different than the value from body paragraph #1).
    Proof: a quote or idea from the play to use as evidence to prove your reason. If you use a direct quote, then you must use proper citation. For example: Willy said, "I couldn't drive anymore" (Act 1, p. 3).
    Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain how it supports your thesis (refer to the words (and synonyms) in the essay question in your analysis throughout your body paragraphs. Words like sacrifice, illuminate, values, and deeper understanding)
    Proof: another quote or idea from the play to use as evidence to prove your reason
    Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain how it supports your thesis
    Connection: connect back to the thesis and the play as a whole

    Body Paragraph #3 (10-12 sentences):
    Statement: Reason #3 to support your thesis (the answer to the essay question). Sentence starter suggestion: _____________(the character you chose) has made the sacrifice of _________________(identify the SAME sacrifice you mentioned in body paragraph #1) which illuminates his/her ________________(choose a NEW value, different than the values you mentioned in body paragraph #1 and body paragraph #2).
    Proof: a quote or idea from the play to use as evidence to prove your reason. If you use a direct quote, then you must use proper citation. For example: Willy said, "I couldn't drive anymore" (Act 1, p. 3).
    Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain how it supports your thesis (refer to the words (and synonyms) in the essay question in your analysis throughout your body paragraphs. Words like sacrifice, illuminate, values, and deeper understanding)
    Proof: another quote or idea from the play to use as evidence to prove your reason
    Analysis: break down the meaning of the proof and explain how it supports your thesis
    Connection: connect back to the thesis and the play as a whole

    Conclusion (4-6 sentences): Briefly restate your reasons (mentioned in your body paragraphs). Refer to the character's development throughout the play as a whole. Connect back to the thesis and summarize all your main points. Leave the reader with a final, interesting thought about the essay question.