The Tragedy Effect Of Death Of A Salesman

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Rachel Lopez
Professor Brender
ENGL 1220
29 June 2015
The Tragedy Effect From sudden death, to catching a loved one in an affair, what effect does tragedy hold on a person? Hamlet from Shakespeare’s Hamlet, and Biff Loman in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman both experience life changing tragedy. Hamlet’s father died and his mother remarried to his uncle Claudius within two month of his father’s death. Hamlet is also compelled to avenge his father’s death and against his will he must kill King Claudius. In Death of a Salesman, Biff Loman struggles with the knowledge of his father’s affair, and his lack of success in life. On top of that he finds out that his father is in a state of mental decay. With the effect of tragedy how do Hamlet and Biff measure up through influence, relationships, and emotions? To begin with, when certain events occur it can lead a person like Biff or Hamlet to ruin themselves or others. Both Hamlet and Biff exhibit self-destructive behaviors as a result to their parents’ scandalous acts. When Biff had caught his father in an affair the result was Biff’s lack of success in life. It had been a crucial moment in Biff’s life. Biff was just about ready for college with scholarships ready for him. But Biff was going to fail math. He had gone missing for a month to visit Boston specifically to receive his father’s help, but in return he left defeated. He lost hope in his life. Through Bernard and Willy’s conversation in Act 2 it is found out that Biff
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