Comparing Oedipus Rex And Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

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a. Tragedy… we all will go through this at least once in our lifetime. It is inevitable. It has been around since the beginning of time. The ancient Greek’s used it in a manner in which we still use it today in Modern times. b. Today I will be comparing the two works such as Oedipus Rex, which is a playwright written by the great Sophocles and another playwright named Death Of A Salesman written by Arthur Miller. c. Through out the years, there has been a lot of controversy on whether or not Death Of A Salesman is considered to be a tragedy, unlike Oedipus Rex which clearly is. d. I feel these two plays can compare in a multitude of ways despite being written in different historical times. II. Body Paragraphs a. In Oedipus Rex, Oedipus is…show more content…
The only people affected by Willy’s demise are his immediate family members. 1. Willy speaks the language of the consumers; he represents the American middle class that emerged in post war America. Willy blames himself and also the requirement of American society to chase the American dream at the expense of a person’s emotional and spiritual well-being. 2. The words of charley point out the fact that no one deserves the kind of returns Willy was getting at his salesman job. Willy, as the salesman, bought the sales pitch that used by the American society to advertise itself and he paid for it with his own life. 3. The play talks of mortgages, brand names and big multinationals. At the end of the day, he is able to afford his family a house and decent living but Willy believes he is worth more dead than alive. He believes his son Biff would benefit from his insurance compensation following his death. c. The difference as far as Tragedy goes is that in Greek tragedy, the main character is noble or royal and therefore the nation and/or state is at risk because of the main character’s tragic situation. In modern tragedy, the main character is an average person, and therefore there are few people impacted by their tragic circumstances. i. The state in which both the main characters are in when the play begins and ends are the same. 1. In the opening scene of Oedipus Rex, Oedipus the king is confused by what has happened to the city of Thebes. He does

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