Essay plan

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  • Compare how authors of two texts you have studied present ideas about passion
    • Death of a Salesman
      • Paragraph 1: Biff passionately rebels against the idea of capitalism and the American Dream.
        • Evidence: "Men built like we are should be working out in the open" "He had the wrong dreams. All, all wrong" "We don't belong in this nuthouse of a city" "What am I doing in an office building making and contemptuous, begging fool of myself, when all that I want is out there! Waiting for me the second I say I know who I am!" "I'm not a leader of men, Willy, and neither are you!"
        • Explain: Biff does  acknowledge that the Loman family would be better suited to a life in agriculture and that the American Dream is futile for them.
        • Methods: Miller's symbolism of seeds and distant lands such as Alaska, Africa and the American West. Both show that the family are better suited to a life in agriculture because seeds represent hope, growth and can provide a legacy meanwhile distant lands represent freedom, juxtaposing the suffocating landscape of 1940s Brooklyn where the Loman family home is overshadowed by skyscrapers. Settings of 1940s Brooklyn and Capitalist America. Miller's stage craft "An air of a dream clings to the place, a dream rising out of reality."
      • Paragraph 2: Willy's passion towards the character of the Woman.
        • Evidence: "He suddenly grabs her and kisses her roughly" "slapping her bottom" "And thanks for the stockings. I love a lot of stockings." / "Will you stop mending stockings?"
        • Explain: the twofold projection of the Woman onto Linda emphasises Willy's small treatment of Linda and the seemingly patriarchal views which is ironic in Capitalist America which is intended to be forward-thinking. The Woman is used for Willy's sexual gratification and Linda is confined to the Loman family home and exercises little control over her own life which conforms to the traditional genre of tragedy.
        • Methods: symbolism of stockings which represent sexuality. Miller's piece "Tragedy and the Common Man" which states "the common man is as apt a subject for tragedy in its highest sense as king's were. It is the common man that knows this fear best." Miller's use of "memories are vital in introducing the character of the Woman.
    • Keats Poetry
      • Paragraph 3: "Isabella; or, The Pot of Basil" Passion is shown between Isabella and Lorenzo. The danger of their relationship emphasises the extent of their passion and heightens narrative tension.
        • Evidence: "richest juice in poison flowers" "Love! thou leading me from wintry cold / Lady! thou leadest me to summer clime"
        • Explain: There is explicit passion between the lovers but inevitability heightens narrative tension.
        • Methods: Setting of Florence juxtaposes the industrial setting and infringes upon the absorbing passion shared between the lovers. Vivid imagery. Ottava Rima is an obvious choice for a poem with such a distinctly Italian setting as it is an Italian stanza form. ABABABCC rhyme scheme.
      • Paragraph 4: Porphyro's unwavering passion for Madeline which enhanced by  the danger of their love.
        • Evidence: "Perchance speak, kneel, touch, kiss" "A hundred swords / will storm his heart" "hyena foemen and hot-blooded lords... the whole blood-thirsty race... sleeping dragons"
        • Explain: Exlpicit love from Porphyro to Madeline. However, there are hints of voyeurism. The danger heightens narrative tension which is both exciting and engaging for readers.
        • Methods: Spenserian Stanza gives the impression the poem is "dragging" which links to negative capability and the Eve of St. Agnes ritual. Setting of medieval castle. Inevitability. Semantic field of love/passion.


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