Comparative Essay Between Death of a Salesman and Oedipus the King

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As we compare Willy Loman from Death of a Salesman to Oedipus from Oedipus Rex, We notice that these two characters are very similar. For instance, Willy Loman enters the play as a confusing, weary man who is fixed in his hallucinations and reminiscences, and alarms the family, including Biff, with his illogical ranting. Likewise, Oedipus, enters the play as a confused king who acquires for a solution to the plague that has infected his Theban people. Not only are these two characters similar in their mind sets but also in their inability to accept reality. Willy Loman becomes trapped in replays of the past in his mind as he recalls the flawless moments of happiness in his career and family life. He has overbearing confidence to his sons that they will be successful. He boosts about being admired and respected by famous and important people. When in reality he is a struggling salesman who highly exaggerates his achievements and glides past his failures: he is not a renounced man as he claims; he traps himself in the American Dream. Additionally, Oedipus lacks the same unwillingness to accept reality. He was unknowingly born the prince of Thebes. At birth his parents gave him up for adoption in the fear that the prophecy of him killing his father and marrying his mother would come true. As he grows older, with his adoptive parents in Corinth, the oracle at Delphi tells him the same prophecy. He doesn’t want to believe it but he still runs away to the city of Thebes where along the way he kills a poor highway man. The people of Thebes crown Oedipus as King and later on he finds out the highway man he killed was his dad, the king of Thebes, and he is married to his mom. Willy and Oedipus both had a life of abandonment, their loved ones left them and they had to search for some security and hope from solitude. Willy grew up without a father and his brother

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