The Death Of A Salesman

857 Words Jul 12th, 2016 4 Pages
Some stories have stood the test of time. These stories are relatable are leave readers feared perplexed. Oedipus the King is the tragic story of a man whose figurative blindness at a young age lead to his literal blindness at an old age. The Death of a Salesman converts this to a modern society of a man who just wants to do good for his family but doesn 't see the effect of his actions. Although 2400 years separate these stories, readers can still relate to both the same.
The genre of tragedy is interpreted in many different ways. The Encyclopaedia Britannica describes tragedy as a, “branch of drama that treats in a serious and dignified style the sorrowful or terrible events encountered or caused by a heroic individual.” However if the individual is causing terrible events then it is easy to argue on whether he or she is actually a hero. First, it has be determined if a heroic character is one that does good to others or just one with a large amount of potential. However, if the author does not give an inside look into the character it is hard to tell if the character has the potential to make him a hero. Therefore, tragedies are usually intrepretted as a normal reader as a story with the favorable character coming to a tragic ending which is what happened in both Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman. In both stories the main character was seen as having flaws but readers syphasize with the main character and therefore their destruction is tragic.
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