This is a tragedy of a common man in the modern world, a story about a man from Brooklyn.
This play was awarded by prizes in literature; it combines several literature styles, as surrealism and realism. This is a story of a man that is swallowed up by the world of hypocrisy and fraud. The hero is shy and unlucky: "Suddenly I realize I'm going sixty miles an hour, and I don't remember the last five minutes." (Miller, p. 56)
He is alone in the surrounding world, and even his family doesn't understand his odd behavior. He speaks to the characters from the past that was luckier and friendlier to him, and his sons are disappointed with his behavior. His wife is also unhappy with this, as she understands that he cannot overcome the distinction between the dreams and the real world.
Investigation of this subject demands mentioning the notion of a classic tragedy and its definition, developed by Aristotle. There were four key elements that the writing needed to be defined as the tragedy: "1) noble or impressive characters; 2) the main character's discovery or recognition of a truth or fault in himself ; 3) poetic language; and 4) the ability to arouse and then soothe the audience's pity and fear. " (Kelly, p. 59)Some critics suppose that Death of a Salesman doesn’t meet any of these requirements, or at least, hesitate that all these demands can be applied to the play; the others insist that the play corresponds to these key elements. It is known that Miller was greatly impressed with the Greek tragedies and he wrote much about the impressions after reading of classic Greek tragedies, he wrote that he was attracted to the Greeks due to their “magnificent form, the symmetry.
" (Kelly, p. 59)
Some critics suppose that Death of a Salesman doesn't meet any of these requirements, or at least, hesitate that all these demands can be applied to the play; the others insist that the play corresponds to these key elements. It is known that Miller was greatly impressed with the Greek tragedies and he wrote much about the impressions after reading of classic Greek tragedies, he wrote that he was attracted to the Greeks due to their "magnificent form, the symmetry. That form has never left me; I suppose it just got burned in." (qtd in Death of a Salesman: A Tragedy of a Common Man). But, at the same time the author insisted that the time changed, and the world changed as well, and "we no longer live in an era dominated by kings andqueens- and so maybe our definition of tragedy should change, too." (qtd in Death of a Salesman: A Tragedy of a Common Man). Accordingly, the image of a tragic hero in modern tragedy is to be changed, as the tragedy changed during the ages that had passed since the times of Ancient Greece. A tragic hero, as seen by the eyes of Miller, is a person that intends to die for his or her values or ideas, or beliefs, but there are some limitations that shape him as a literature hero and do not allow this happen. This is the essence of the tragedy.
Willy Loman is persistent and passionate, and he has a dream, which is the sense of his living, and he doesn't hesitate to die for it, if it's necessary. There are alternative ways of behavior, another ways in life, but Willie chooses the path that coincides with his inner world, and his intentions, and he isn't concerned if this is the way to success. Here we may ...
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It is worth mentioning at the outset that there will be a use of the Aristotle's poetics to analyse theses themes and shades of tragedy within the two plays.analysis of these two plays.According to Aristotle tragedy within poetry and drama arouses the sense of pity and fear and my paper explores these themes within these two dramas.
The notion of the perfect "American Dream" is a prominent theme with in the empty life of both the protagonists portraying life in the fifties era.)Death of Salesman was authored by Arthur Miller in the early twentieth century and the play was written in 1949 .The play was an immediate success with the literary critics and won the Pulitzer Prize.
The American Dream is a mere pretention. Miller exemplifies this in the persona of Willy Loman, a salesman.
Miller grew in the environment of trade and marketing. He knew the life of a salesman for his father used to own a clothing company and dealt with a few salesmen.
On its most fundamental level, Death of a Salesman depicts the disintegration of Willy's personality as he desperately searches for the moment in his memory when his world began to unravel. What appears to be true to the characters in Death of a Salesman is often a far cry from reality, and this is communicated numerous times throughout the play.
"Death of Salesman" is troubled with the uneven edges of a devastated dream but on another more disastrous and bitter phase, it also suggests the regrets of a man into madness and the outcome this has on those surrounding him. Willy’s weakening of a man into madness is illustrated through his remembrance of his deceased brother.
This thesis states that people of character and calculated thoughts may face tragic consequences in their persistent pursuit of their ideals.
Anton states Aristotle's definitions of thought and character. Anton says that; 'He expresses character when he manifests choice or avoidance; he exhibits thought when he demonstrates and more generally argues for something and he does both when he combines choice with demonstration.'(Anton 99).
It will only be the manner of his death that will be expected and disclosed.
For a reader/audience, it would not be an exciting and attractive fiction if it is already known that the protagonist dies at the end of the story. The manner of his death and the motive for his death are not usually as inviting as having a victorious and adventurous major character.
Othello portrays the depths to which jealousy can drag a person, overriding his love.
The play is set in Venice, and Cyprus.. Othello, an African, is a respected general of the Venetian army. He has promoted Cassio to the rank of lieutenant, causing great bitterness and jealousy in Iago.
Biff acts in a disobedient manner to cover up his image. Biff finally identifies that he is a distinctive person that makes mix ups, and that his father is merely the same. Once Biff finds out about Willy's affair, Biff's expectation in his own goals turned down greatly.
uperficial and degrading, he says “I keep knockin em over, and it doesnt mean anything.” Here Happy is saying that he has affairs with women but they are only for physical pleasure and he does not have any feelings for the women themselves.
A liar by habit, Happy lies about