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Death of a Salesman- Language of Discipline/Genre Terms. Santiago Gonzalez. Language of Genre. Symbol Something used for representation of something else. A symbol can be a sign, material object, or something else immaterial. Motif

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language of genre
Language of Genre
  • Symbol
    • Something used for representation of something else. A symbol can be a sign, material object, or something else immaterial.
  • Motif
    • A recurring subject, theme, or central idea in a work of literacy. The motif is usually the underlying theme of a novel or other piece of literature.
language of the genre
Language of the Genre
  • Flashback
    • A device in the narrative of a novel by which an event or scene taking place before the present time in the narrative is inserted into the chronological structure of the work.
  • Tragedy
    • A dramatic composition dealing with a serious or somber theme, typically that of a great person destined through a flaw of character or conflict.
language of the genre1
Language of the Genre
  • Foil
    • To prevent the success of, or frustrate. A foil can also be a defeat, check, or repulse.
  • Irony
    • A technique of indicating, as through character or plot development, an intention or attitude opposite to that which is actually or ostensibly stated.
language of the genre2
Language of the Genre
  • Realism
    • A manner of treating subject matter that presents a careful description of everyday life, usually of the lower and middle classes
  • Expressionism
    • A technique of distorting objects and events in order to represent them as they are perceived by a character in a literary work.
language of the genre3
Language of the Genre
  • Requiem
    • A celebration of a Mass for the repose of the souls of the dead.
    • A requiem is a celebration of any form-music, hymn, or dirge-for the repose of the dead
language of the discipline act 1
Language of the Discipline – Act 1
  • Jovial
    • Joyous or cheerful
    • Linda has learned to repress her discontent with Willy’s behavior due to her jovial expression.
  • Trepidation
    • Dread; being alarmed
    • Linda calls to Willy with trepidation after she hears him outside of the bedroom.
language of the discipline act 11
Language of the Discipline – Act 1
  • Crestfallen
    • Adj.) Discouraged; dejected.
    • To be crestfallen is to be discouraged or depressed. Biff was crestfallen after Will criticized him for not making any money
  • Laconic
    • Adj.) Short and to the point
    • Charley is a large man who speaks slow and to the point; he is described as being laconic
language of the discipline act 12
Language of the Discipline – Act 1
  • Approbation
    • Approval or praise
    • Willy nods his head in approbation at Happy for doing a good job at polishing the car.
  • Gallantly
    • Courageously
    • Ben gallantly and chivalrously greets Linda when she enters with the wash basket.
language of the discipline act 13
Language of the Discipline – Act 1
  • Evasively
    • To avoid or elude
    • Biff evasively denied being hateful with Willy to his mother.
  • Audacity
    • Reckless and daring
    • When Ben spoke to Willy about the way he is raising his boys, he spoke with vicious audacity.
language of the discipline act 14
Language of the Discipline – Act 1
  • Stolid
    • Apathetic or stupid
    • Uncle Ben was a stolid, 60 year old man who was certain about his “destiny” and oblivious to most everything else
  • Indignantly
    • With anger
    • Happy describes how Charlotte was engaged and angrily yet laughing admits how he still loves her.
language of the discipline act 2
Language of the Discipline – Act 2
  • Seething
    • Full of anger or sadness
    • Willy, seething with sadness, refused to shake Biff’s hand as Biff prepared to leave with no intention of returning.
  • Ruddiness
    • Pink-ish or red-ish complexion
    • Willy tells Ben how he misses how he and his son used to be, describing his pink, ruddiness complexion.
language of the discipline act 21
Language of the Discipline – Act 2
  • Spite
    • Hateful feeling
    • Throughout Act 2, Willy refers to Biff as a spite because he has hurt Willy by refusing to be what he wants him to be.
  • Contemptuous
    • Arrogant, insolent
    • As Biff argues with his father, he justifies his revelation that he doesn’t want what his father wants him to be… “making a contemptuous begging fool” out of himself.
language of the discipline act 22
Language of the Discipline – Act 2
  • Elegiacally
    • Lamentingly
    • Willy turns to his home lamentingly as he reflects in deep thought on realizing that Biff loves him.
language of the discipline act 3
Language of the Discipline – Act 3
  • Carte blanche
    • With full permission
    • Bill Oliver called Biff to work, giving him full permission, out to the west.
  • Comradeship
    • Friendship; spirit of working together
    • Willy explains to Howard how when his father was a salesman, there was respect and comradeship towards salesmen and how now there is no personality in it.
language of the discipline act 4
Language of the Discipline - Act 4
  • Commission
    • Revenue or percent gained
    • Willy lied to Howard, claiming that he averaged $170 per week, in commission, with his father, in hopes that Howard will take him back to what he used to be.
  • Gist
    • Meaning, essence
    • “The gist of it is that I haven’t hot a story left in my head, Biff.”
language of the discipline act 41
Language of the Discipline – Act 4
  • Invalid
    • Worthless, unfounded
    • Biff offers Willy a drink, with guilt “as to an invalid.”