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Mr. Garcia's AP Literature and Composition resource page.
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Oedipus/Hamlet/Death of a Salesman Print Page

Oedipus Resources

Here you will find some useful resources to help you as you read Oedipus the King. There is an introduction PowerPoint to Greek Drama and vocabulary information that will help you understand the context of the play better--plus additional information that you should know. Also, there are study guides and practice exercises to help you navigate through the drama.







"To be, or not to be, that is the question" (3.1).


"They all want to play Hamlet" by Carl Sandburg

They all want to play Hamlet.

They have not exactly seen their fathers killed

Nor their mothers in a frame-up to kill,

Nor an Ophelia lying with dust gagging the heart,

Not exactly the spinning circles of singing golden spiders,

Not exactly this have they got at nor the meaning of flowers--O flowers, flowers slung by a dancing girl--in the saddest play the inkfish, Shakespeare ever wrote;

Yet they all want to play Hamlet because it is sad like all actors are sad and to stand by an open grave with a joker's skull in the hand and then to say over slow and over slow wise, keen, beautiful words asking the heart that's breaking, breaking,

This is something that calls and calls to their blood.

They are acting when they talk about it and they know it is acting to be particular about it and yet: They all want to play Hamlet.



Death of a Salesman

This is the third tragedy for our study in the genre. It is one of our modern era and a drama that has been played professionally hundreds of times since it was written. We will focus primarily on closely analyzing Act I of Death of a Salesman as a mode of AP Exam Preparation. Comparisons will also be made to Oedipus the King because of the similarities between Willy Loman and Oedipus regarding their tragic flaws, or hamartia.


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