Oedipus The King And Death Of A Salesman Compared Essay

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The tragedies of Oedipus the King & Death of a Salesman compared Around 2400 years ago, Aristotle wrote his famous work "Poetics,” describing in it the qualities of a tragedy. In this work, Aristotle offered "Oedipus the King" as a perfect example of a tragedy. Over two millennia have passed and writers are still creating tragedies. "Death of a Salesman" is one modern example of a tragedy. This leads to the question in how the tragedy has lasted and remained relevant for so long. And at the same time, has it changed to adapt to the modern world, this will now be discussed, first by offering a modern definition of a tragedy. Both “Oedipus the King" and "Death of a Salesman" will then be described in turn, with it shown that each play meets the requirements of a tragedy. Finally, the meaning of the similarities will be discussed, with it shown that a tragedy is essentially a human story of the struggle to overcome one’s flaws. The Greek drama Oedipus Rex is clearly a tragedy. It definitely meets the five main criteria for a tragedy: a tragic hero of noble birth, a tragic flaw, a fall from grace, a moment of remorse, and catharsis. Oedipus Rex clearly meets these five criteria. Oedipus is the son of Laios, who was king of Thebes. Even at the beginning of the story, when we are told that Oedipus is the son of Polybus, he is still of noble birth; Polybus is king of Corinth. The tragic flaw or mistake that the character makes, in Oedipus Rex does not actually take place during the story. We only watch as Oedipus and the rest of the characters discover this mistake that was actually made long, long ago and cannot be reversed. This tragic flaw is of course Oedipus killing his father Laios, and then marrying Iocaste, his mother. We realize that these actions have taken place much earlier in the story than the characters do. However, both of these events actually took

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