Comparison Essay Between Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman

1402 Words Feb 11th, 2012 6 Pages
Mohannad Zawi
October 31st, 2011.
You Should Probably Learn To Not Let Your Emotions Get The Best Of You There goes an old saying, “All anyone asks for is a chance to work with pride.” Well, it seems that some people work with almost too much pride. In order to consider the extent to which pride applies to Sophocles' Oedipus The King and Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, consider the following: Oedipus and Willy both take extreme pride in their professions, their pride blinds them from seeing the truth of their situations, and their pride ultimately leads to their own demise/downfall, all of these invoking pity. There are many ways that pride can be attributed to pity just from the situations of these characters. From these extreme
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Oedipus: If I must question thee again, thou'rt lost.” Oedipus’s pride & insistence makes him blind to the fact that people are telling him not to dig any deeper, as we know he'll soon not like what he finds out. “Howard: This is no time for false pride Willy. You go to your sons and tell them that you’re tired. You’ve got two great boys, haven’t you? Willy: Oh, no question, no question, but in the mean time...” Howard understands that Willy is using his pride to shield himself from the dangers of reality. If Willy hasn't used his false pride all the time, he'd be able to live and get by. Willy and Oedipus are both blind to the truth and the realization of their situations, for if they weren't so blind, their predicaments could be completely different. However, their blindness leads us to feel pity for them as we are able to see their faults and where they have done wrong. Their pride ultimately leads to their own downfall, which attributes to pity. “To wit I should defile my mother's bed and raise up seed too loathsome to behold, and slay the father from whose loins I sprang.” Oedipus, with the help of his pride, keeps digging himself deeper into a hole of self-regret. This is the true cause of his downfall. “I got a job, I told you that. [After a slight pause] What the hell are you offering me a job for?” When Willy is offered a job by Willy, Willy feels as if his pride was attacked. This was a job that Willy could have had to help with his money