Tragedy And The Common Man By Arthur Miller

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In Arthur Miller’s Essay entitled “Tragedy and the Common Man,” the author states, “I believe that the common man is as apt a subject for tragedy in his highest sense as kings were.” (Miller 14) The author deems that each individual had tragedies particularly the common man who dealt with it in his lifetime. He contends that tragedy possibly will also depict ordinary people in domestic surroundings. Miller had a new view of tragedy in which he saw tragic experience as impartial of widespread ethical matters. But, in all honesty, I would argue against Miller’s view of believing that tragedy is impossible in a world of moral relativity. Many views of tragedy have been portrayed over time; nonetheless the author shows a side which not many people seem to relate tragedy with although it is most likely one of the most common. In his paper, he describes a view of tragedy that is very different to how it has been illustrated in the past. This in turn hooks the readers with two works that seemingly contradict with the ideas of Miller and can be seen as tragedies, they include Chinua Achebe’s novel Things Fall Apart and William Butler Yeats’ poem “The Second Coming.”
In the novel Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe, as we all readers know pursues the stereotypical set-up of developing a tragic hero to a certain extent. In my eyes, the common man is Okonkwo whose tragic figure is troubled with a fatal flaw that in the long run, directs to the ultimate devastation of him and those…
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