Conflict and Plot

Using Zora Neal Hurston's "Poker!" and Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman." provide a description of each of the following parts: exposition, rising action, climax, falling action, conclusion (resolution).

For each play, answer the following:
1. What do you think is the central-most conflict in this play?
2. Pick a character and describe that character's movement. How is the playwright staging him or her?
3. Analyze the cultural and historical context of this play. What is this play's reality? In what ways does this play express its context? What was its significance when it was first performed, and what is its significance now?

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