Arthur Miller 's Death Of A Salesman

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Tragedy Characteristics
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Introduction
The three characteristics of tragedy are; a tragic flaw, tragic dilemma, and reversal. The play Arthur Miller, Death of a Salesman, is about an old salesperson who returns early from a business trip. After crashing multiple times, he realizes he should stop driving. The other book, Oedipus the King narrates the story of Oedipus. He was a man who became the king of Thebes, while unwittingly fulfilling a prophecy that he would murder his father, Laius, and marry his mother, Jocasta. The above characteristics of tragedy are well highlighted.
In the play Death of a Salesman, one flow hat contributes to Willy becoming a tragic character is that he found physical things to be more appealing than the basic things he needed for survival. An example of this is when Willy lies to his family and friends saying he was well liked as a salesperson, and he was happy and proud of his job, but in reality, it is entirely the opposite. Another example is the Willy 's definition of success as living in the American dream. On the other hand, the book Oedipus the King occasions of tragic flow is evident. The first instance is when he first encounters Teiresias, a seer who declines to divulge the truth he admits to knowing. We see Teiresias begging Oedipus to let her go home. However, Oedipus doesn’t want anything withheld from him, and he gradually becomes more agitated with this wheedling. Furthermore, Teiresias…
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