Drama Oedipus and Doas

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The tragedy of a play is driven by the tragic hero facing a tragic conflict. In reference to the above statement, compare the tragic vision of the plays you have studied. Consider how these plays might be staged to ensure the vision is relevant to a modern audience. The Tragic Hero prefers death to prudence. (Mason Cooley) Tragedy, the dramatical downfall and degradation of a hero, a structure that ensues a destructive pattern that ultimately leads to chaos. The hero, once noble and dignified, struggles with such a tragic conflict that, although seemingly achievable, rear-ends the hapless, unexpecting individual and breaks down the nobility, wisdom and respectability that the hero once had acquainted. Death Of A Salesman, Arthur Miller(1949) and Oedipus Tyrannous by Sophocles(2003, Cambridge Edt.), exemplify this through the tragic heroes hubris and hamartia, structuralizing the events and unveiling of the directors tragic vision which would ultimately lead to the ebbing of the character. As tragedy is the oldest form of Dramatic performance, its continual subversion to suit the contemporary society makes it quite flexible as modern staging techniques and implications can benefit the reproduction of such classical plays. Rather than the deed itself, it is the foreshadowing and events that lead to the tragic heroes hamartia that ultimately make it a tragedy. Willy Loman, a pitiful frail man, reassures himself continually of his inflated sense of self value. His inability to cope and face reality deters him and pollutes his thinking and perception of truth, thus degrading sequentially. “They don’t need me in New York. I’m the New England man. I’m vital in New England”, a quote that reasserts that Willy, right from the very beginning, is a man that cannot remove himself from the limelight, a man to great to be anything less. Oedipus similarly, although in a much more
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