The Great Figure

The Great Figure

I’m about to teach Death of a Salesman in my “Intro to LIterary Studies” class. It’s part of a unit on literary criticism, so after we discuss such topics as “Is Willy Loman a Tragic Hero?” and the formal experimentalism called for in the stage directions, I’m hoping to ask my students to look at this play in a greater literary context. I’m going to start by introducting them to William Carlos Williams’s “The Great Figure” and Charles Demuth’s “The Figure 5 in Gold.”

A unit on Williams and Demuth on the “Model School Library” doesn’t preserve the spacing in Williams’s original poem… it makes no sense at all as a few lines of prose.

By the way, I stumbled across a plucky little website that argues Munch’s “The Scream” is no good.

Update: Fixed the broken URL. (Thanks, Mike.)