Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller

1660 Words Oct 11th, 2014 7 Pages
What is the correct definition of tragedy anyways? Many people would define tragedy as a disaster, but according to the book The Cambridge Guide to World Theatre by Martin Banham, the word tragedy is “a word whose meaning changes with time and place” (1002). In Medieval times, “tragedy came to mean the downfall of a person of high degree” (Banham 1002), but in recent times, the meaning of the word tragedy has many definitions. According to Banham, “realists refused to limit tragedy to privileged protagonists” (1002). Two famous tragic plays that I found to have a genre of tragedy are Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and Eurydice by Sarah Ruhl. In both of these plays, the downfall was not of a person of high degree but there was a downfall to the characters. I consider these plays tragic simply because tragic events happen to the main characters.
In the play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, Willy Loman, the main character was not of a high rank or status, but was a normal person. This play is considered a tragedy for many other reasons. Banham states “domestic tragedies dramatized the suffering of common people” (1002). Now this defines the play Death of a Salesman. Willy goes through a lot of sufferings, and one example is when the play focuses on the financial situations of the family. For example, Willy doesn’t earn much from his job and counts on his neighbor “Charley and borrow fifty dollars a week” (Miller 39). Don Nardo, the author of the book Greek Drama…
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