Death Of A Salesman Tragedy Analysis

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Aristotle once said, “A tragedy is a representation of an action that is whole and complete and of a certain magnitude. A whole is what has a beginning middle and end.” There are five key parts of a tragedy. First, displays the happy times. Second, is an introduction to a problem. Third, the problem worsens to a crisis or a dilemma. Fourth, the characters are unable to prevent the problem from taking over. Lastly, the problem results in some catastrophic, grave ending, which is the tragedy culminated. The play Death of a Salesman exceeds all the qualities of a tragedy.
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The first step of a tragedy, are the happy times. Willy said to Biff, “You’re comin’ home this afternoon captain of the All-Scholastic Championship Team of the City of New York” (Miller 88). It was Biff’s high school championship game and Willy was so excited to go out and support him at the game that night. That seemed to be one of the happiest and proudest moments Willy shared with Biff throughout the play.

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The second step of a tragedy is an introduction to a problem. Willy stated, “I suddenly couldn 't drive anymore. The car kept going off onto the shoulder, y’know?” (Miller 13). This was just beginning of the downward spiral of Willy’s problems. He was on a business trip up the east coast when suddenly he returned home surprising Linda by his early return. Throughout the entire play, Willy faces confusion and lots of flashbacks. During a
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