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Is there such thing as a modern tragedy What is a tragedy According to Websters Dictionary tragedy is defined as a drama portraying the conflict between the individual human will and fate or necessity Aristotle said a play has to have four elements to qualify as a tragedy 1 noble or impressive characters 2 the main characters discovery or recognition of a truth about himself 3 poetic language and 4 the ability to arouse and then soothe the audiences pity and fear The two plays that are going to be analyzed are Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller and Whos Afraid of Virginia Woolf by Edward Albee Is there such thing as a modern tragedy One of the elements in a dramatic play is a tragedy Some critics consider that Death of a Salesman is debatable on all four elements Others think the play meets all these criteria Arthur Miller argued that times have changed we no longer live in an era dominated by kings and queens and so maybe our definition of tragedy should change too Willy Loman is indeed a pathetic and tragic hero of Death of a Salesman His problems stem from his own delusions the American Dream turning sour and misunderstanding his job and family All of this tells the story of everyday people in American society His environment is changing faster than his beliefs which is why he is in the dilemma that he is in now His own delusions are a result of his failure to succeed in life He still believes he is popular respected and good looking But at age 63 he is none of these Nobody liked him that much since very few people came to his funeral His delusion was that there would be people across the country coming to the funeral However in those moments that he begins to realize the truth his wife Linda while understanding his situation
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