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    Posted by Kels (U15215297) on Sunday, 19th May 2013

    Hi. I saw a post someone had posted yesterday about 'Key Scenes' and I've come to the conclusion that it hasn't been in recent past papers so it might come up in tomorrows exam.. I'm currently studying 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller, could you argue that the key scene is the affair he has at the beginning with the 'Woman'? Or have I completely misunderstood the idea of a 'Key Scene'?

    Thanks!

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    Posted by bitesize_english_teacher (U15197928) on Sunday, 19th May 2013

    Hi. I saw a post someone had posted yesterday about 'Key Scenes' and I've come to the conclusion that it hasn't been in recent past papers so it might come up in tomorrows exam.. I'm currently studying 'Death of a Salesman' by Arthur Miller, could you argue that the key scene is the affair he has at the beginning with the 'Woman'? Or have I completely misunderstood the idea of a 'Key Scene'?

    Thanks! 
    Yes, you could use that scene.
    The idea of a 'key scene' is that something happens in it which

    (a) has consequences for the rest of the action
    (b) leads to character development
    (c) sheds light on an important theme of the play

    You should write about as many of the above aspects as you can.

    The scene you mention is important for the effect it had on Biff and, consequently, on Biff's view of his father and the difficult relationship of father and son is a key aspect of the play. The scene also relates to Willy's self-deception and refusal to face reality in his life.

    Remember: as I said in an earlier post in answer to someone else, in all critical essay answers you are expected (a) to give detailed, specific analysis of character, incidents, etc AND (b) show awareness of the 'bigger picture' - i.e. an understanding of the text AS A WHOLE.

    Even questions which say 'choose an incident', 'choose a key scene/chapter' or 'discuss the ending' will always expect you to link up the chosen section of the text with the whole text.

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