A Comparison Essay Between Shakespeare's,Hamlet, And Arthur Miller's, Death Of A Salesman, On The Issue Of Tragedy.

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The term, tragedy, by dictionary definition, can be defined as "A story with a sad or unhappy ending." (Arthur Miller, Tragedy and the Common Man). Although there is some truth to this, the true definition of tragedy goes much deeper. The notion of tragedy has been a part of English literature since the beginning of the Classical times. Tragedy is available in almost all literary forms, such as, novels, play wrights, film, etc. Shakespeare, for example, has written numerous world renowned tragedies since the turn of the seventeenth century. Four centuries later, with all the changes to the world of literature, tragedy continues to prevail, as a popular form of literature. Through comparing and contrasting William Shakespeare's, Hamlet, with Arthur Miller's, Death of a Salesman, it is clear that tragedy continues to have many of the same features as it did so long ago and it continues to appeal to audiences today. This is demonstrated through the tragic hero, the hero's tragic flaw, and the catharsis. With these three elements included, a more exact definition of tragedy is defined by Aristotle as, '...the imitation of an action that is serious, complete, and of a certain magnitude, in language embellished with each kind of artistic ornament, the several kinds being found in separate parts of the play...through pity and fear effecting the proper purgation of these emotions." (Aristotle, The Poetics).Although each and every tragedy is slightly different or even quite dissimilar, every true tragedy includes the presence of a tragic hero. The tragic hero can be defined as "man as both beautiful and terrible" (Class notes, Tragedy and The Tragic Hero). It is most often the hero's unjustified life which turns his story into a tragedy. The tragic hero has been a critical role since the beginning of tragedies and it continues to be today. However, views of how the hero should rank in society, have changed over time. According to Aristotle, it is thought that the hero's position in society is to be much above the average man. Aristotle defines the hero to be "a character of noble stature and has greatness." (Aristotle, Aristotle's Idea of Tragedy).This can be seen in Shakespearean time, through such plays as, Hamlet. Hamlet's noble stature comes from his position as a prince; he is the son of the late king and nephew to the new king. Hamlet's strong loyalty and dedication to his family has been interpreted as his greatness by many critics. This can be seen as Hamlet learns the truth about his father's death, and his father asks him to seek revenge on his uncle, the new king, "Haste me to know't, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge." (Shakespeare, Hamlet, III, v, 23-24). Hamlet reveals that he will do whatever it takes to seek revenge upon his uncle and is not worried about the consequences. With this quote, It becomes obvious that Hamlet is in fact the tragic hero of the play. Although it is partly...

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