Oedipus And Death Of a Salesman

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Character Flaws Oedipus the King and Death of a Salesman two plays depicting the inability of the main characters to accept the reality of their situation, often times using excuses or delusions to protect themselves from danger. In Sophocles’ Oedipus the King, Oedipus finds himself blind to the truth of his life, and his family origin. Arthur Miller’s play, The Death of a Salesman, narrates the story of a tragic character so captivated in his false belief that reality and illusion merge, resulting in an internal struggle that leads to his downfall. Each play represents the internal battle of a man struggling to come to terms with his own, bitter reality and departing from his fantasy world. In selecting the frailty of illusion over the constancy of reality, the protagonists meet their inevitable disaster. From the start of Sophocles’ tragic play, Oedipus takes many actions and makes many choices leading to his own downfall. Oedipus selects to disregard numerous warnings, involving truth of his life and family background. Teiresias supplies Oedipus with everything he has to know about regarding his fate by stating, “I say you live in hideous shame with those Most dear to you. You cannot see the evil” (Sophocles 149). Now with this obvious assertion of the truth, Oedipus chooses to delude in his on comfortable fantasy, that he has escaped his inevitable fate. He chooses to ignore the prediction of his fate to kill his father and marry his mother. Oedipus tries to resist the gods by escaping from his homeland, but instead throws himself directly into his fate. Oedipus ignores another warning of truth by ignoring the words of Teiresias. He thinks that he has successfully escaped his own destiny; however, he could not have been farther from the truth. Oedipus’ foolish decisions finally lead to his ruin in this

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