Abstract Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman (1949), created its own genre: the American tragedy. In Death of a Salesman Miller demonstrated his perfect answer to critics of his earlier dramas who claimed he was incapable of producing other than a conventional play. Brooks Atkinson, calls it a generally accepted tragic masterpiece. Arthur Miller’s American dreamer Willy Lowman is an illustration of much practiced philosophy of being well liked and exemplifies America’s success myth. The tells the story of a man confronting failure in the success-driven society of America and shows the tragic path, which eventually leads to Willy Loman 's suicide.
Many tragic heroes holds pride as their primary cause to his downfall, but Hamlet’s hesitation throughout the play is his key weakness. During the play of The Murder of Gonzago schemed by Hamlet to confirm Claudius’s act of crime, himself was overwhelmed by self-contempt and guilt. Hamlet blames himself for just standing around cursing like a whore, and urges to seek revenge by heaven and hell. After the performance, Hamlet observes Claudius and found him guilty and prays for forgiveness. But Hamlet give up the good opportunity of killing Claudius because he hopes that his revenge for his father for a moral sake, not committing an impulsive revenge.
His struggles begin when he looses his job, at the end we expect him to kill himself, which he does. According to Aristotle, tragic hero should be able to arise the feelings of pity and fear in the minds of audience. Willy’s failure to accept his own inadequacy is what causes catharsis that characterizes a tragedy. Catharsis refers to purification or cleansing and purgation of emotions, especially pity and fear. It is Willy Loman’s hamartia that evokes the feelings of pity and fear in audience’s emotions.
Through the entirety of the play “Hamlet” by William Shakespeare, the characters were overcome with the need for revenge as the outcome of many deaths. Therefore, no one was happy through “Hamlet” and it resulted in a tragedy. The character Hamlet played a big role in turning towards revenge and never would classify himself as being happy. Hamlet displays positive and negative behavior throughout the play. Hamlet exhibits strengths and weaknesses as well, although his weaknesses of over-thinking, bitterness, and his inability to accept the death of his father overshadow his strengths.
In the story “ The Devil and Tom Walker” by Washington Irving, the theme of greed is exaggerated through Tom Walker’s life story. Throughout the story, Walker’s estranged and miserly relationship with his wife, his self-beneficial life choices that harm others, and his unfortunate and pitiful death, demonstrate horrible occurrences in a greed-filled lifestyle. Irving also elucidates to readers that consistent desires and the feelings of dissatisfaction towards everything will eventually lead to an undesirable ending. Emphasis on the above aspects of his life however, is placed to inevitably reveal that Tom Walker’s consistent and developing greed throughout the story suggest how human beings have an instinctive desire that invariably grows. In Tom Walker’s life, his relationship with his wife reveals that his greed overcame the precious bond of marriage and continued to grow.
The tragedy of the tale Coriolanus can be interpreted as the imminent downfall of a hero, in which leads to his loss of status and his inevitable, but untimely death. Throughout this prose, the complex dynamic of influence and stature between conflicting characters creates a convoluted investigation as to who is really to blame for his tragic death. In Langis’ analysis of “Coriolanus”, she postulates that Virgilia’s ‘insistent femininity’ (Coriolanus: Inordinate Passions and Powers in Personal and Political Governance, 19) and her sincere and innocent presence within Coriolanus’ life plays the most crucial role in the evolution of this tragedy. However, I would argue that Volumnia’s presence, instead of Virgilia’s, is more significant within
A tragic hero is defined as a person of noble status who has a tragic flaw in his or her personality and suffers a fall from grace due to that tragic flaw, only to redeem a small measure of that lost nobility through self-awareness. In The Tragedy of Macbeth, a play written by William Shakespeare, the character known as Macbeth has a variety of qualities similar to those belonging to a tragic hero. Despite the significant role that Macbeth already plays within society, he seeks out greater power that he attempts to acquire through unrepentable acts which leads to the death of many. His position in society, his ambition, and the actions he takes to gain more power as well as their consequences, qualify him as a tragic hero. In the beginning
Death of a Salesman Free Response Essay Throughout the play Death of a Salesman, author Arthur Miller discusses the flaws of Willy Loman and the extent to which they bring about his own suffering and the suffering of others. As a tragic hero in the 1940’s, Willy exemplifies a typical man trying to achieve the very unrealistic American Dream. This dream not only solidified his fate but also threatened the success of every member in his household. Willy Loman first encounters the American Dream after his uncle Ben shares his successes and priorities with him, which in turn, become the basis of Willy’s dreams as well. His uncle is very vague about the details of his success which makes the audience wonder whether or not this dream is actually attainable.
Mourning Becomes Electra: Morbid Psychology under the "Mask" Xiamen University, Xiamen, Fujian Province, China Gong Yijin Abstract: By giving his main characters all with the "life-like mask", Eugene O 'Neill in his play Mourning Becomes Electra aims to reveal the morbid psychology behind that people at that time were facing. O 'Neill deepens the tragic effect of excessively emotional self-restraint by intentionally making the conflict happen between family members in a puritanical family, and further making it become a family 's doomed and repeated fate. O 'Neill presents the awkward situation but he fails to presents the way out; he indeed leaves the remedy to his audience. Key Words: mask; morbid psychology; emotional self-restrain; family; fate
In act 2 of Shakespeare’s Hamlet, the prince expresses his disappointment with himself due to his lack of courage. “O, what a rogue and peasant slave am I,” (2.2.123) says Hamlet in his third soliloquy. He begins to question whether he has the strength to go through with his plans to kill the king. In this emotional speech Hamlet expresses his feeling that he is “a coward because he feels he has done nothing to take revenge on Claudius,” (Newell). This third soliloquy brings forth the theme of frustration in the play.