Essay on Analysis Of ' Oedipus The King ' And ' Death Of A Salesman '

1750 Words Jul 18th, 2015 7 Pages
In some stories, we are taken through a journey with protagonist and at the end of his or her story, the protagonist finds his or herself facing a disastrous situation or a tragic ending. Certain actions arise that bring a morally good tragic hero from happiness to distress which is led by a hamartia; an error in judgement many times due to lack of knowledge or full understanding of a situation. According to our textbook, the definition of a Tragedy is “the representation of serious and important actions that lead to a disastrous end for the protagonist” (Kennedy, 2013). An Ancient Greek philosopher, Aristotle, formulated that katharsis was the last element of his definition of a tragedy. According to our textbook, through katharsis the final effect of the playwright’s skills draw out pity and fear from the audience. In addition, through katharsis, dramas could be used to teach the audience how to feel compassion for the vulnerabilities of other individuals. Both “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles and “Death of a Salesman” by Arthur Miller are exemplary examples of the tragic genre. The Greek tragedy, “Oedipus the King” by Sophocles, is a story about a man born of royal blood, coming to terms with a prophecy placed upon himself as a baby. The story goes, Oedipus was going to grow up, kill his father, marry his mother and have children with her as well. His father and mother sent him off to be killed, however instead of dying, a Shepard brought him to another king and they…

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