Tragedy and the Common Man

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Argumentative Essay based on Article “Tragedy and the Common Man” In Arthur Miller’s essay “Tragedy and the Common Man,” Miller mentions tragedy as man’s struggle to gain his “rightful” position in his society, and whoever that character may be—king or common man—that character is eventually brought down by his or her tragic flaws and that’s what makes that character a tragic hero. In the past, there have been many tragic heroes which can relate to Arthur Miller’s essay “Tragedy and the Common Man,” in both past works of literature and in actual history itself. Throughout history there have been many fallen heroes who have been key subjects to be known in essence as “tragic heroes.” Famous tragic heroes…show more content…
Throughout history there have been many fallen heroes who have been key subjects to be known in essence as “tragic heroes.” Famous tragic heroes such as King Leonidas I, Marcus Junius Brutus, and Willy Lowman all have one thing in common—they all died because they let their flaws take over their minds. Whether it be a Roman Civil War, a Battle in Thermopylae, or even the “Death of a Salesman,” Arthur Miller’s essay tries to bring the connection between the common man and tragedy together, as well as separate the differences between Kings and commoners. One doesn’t have to be a Roman Senator or a Greek legend, because in final reference to Arthur Miller’s essay “Tragedy, then, is the consequence of a man’s total compulsion to evaluate himself justly,” and whether king or commoner, conqueror or beggar, every man and woman on this earth is equally susceptible to meet their demise if their tragic flaws take control of
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