Characters[ edit ] William "Willy" Loman: He is 63 years old and unstable, insecure, and self-deluded. Willy tends to re-imagine events from the past as if they were real. He vacillates between different eras of his life.
On the basis of some unconventional rules Miller produces a tragedy, which is very modern in respects of the style as well as the subject matter. In fact he shows that a common man also can be the protagonist of a tragedy and his sufferings also touch our heart. It does not only belong to the past ages Tragedy is not only the property of the classical world or the Shakespearean world.
Tragedy can belong to any age. But with the change of time the subject matter and the style also should be changed to fulfill the demand of the age. Arthur Miller does the very thing in the play. As we go through the play we see that he does not violet the properties of the universal grammar of a tragedy.
The universal properties of a tragedy include the presentation of a serious action that is complete in itself and capable of evoking pity and terror in order to produce catharsis in the audience.
The dramatist also maintains the other properties such as the plot, character, thought, diction, song and spectacle. Setting The play has a modern setting. Though the play is set inbut the times of the play fluctuate between a point in and another time in But the shift of time is greatly handled and made convincing through flashbacks.
Miller as child of the great depression dramatizes the traumatic years of the Second World War. So, the setting of the tragedy differs from the setting of a classical tragedy.
The setting of the play is not a royal palace but the house of poor Willy. Plot As per as plot is concerned Miller is almost as perfect as the classical dramatists. Structurally the play is stretched tightly like Oedipus Rex. There are no digressions and Willy Loman marches inexorably from the beginning to his catastrophic doom.
Like the classical tragedy his death is also not shown on the stage keeping violence offstage, while the Requiem section functions in the manner of a Greek chorus. Song and spectacle In a Greek tragedy the songs and spectacle added beauty to the play and helped create environment.
Here the flute playing replaces the Greek choral songs and helps create the environment of the play.
The spectacle does the same thing. Tragic hero But the most important factor in which the play differs from the classical tragedy is the presentation of the tragic hero. Willy, an average man, is made the hero of the tragedy.Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Classic Greek Tragedy Miller’s Death of a Salesman is an interesting and complex play set at a time of great change in America.
Some people believe that it is one of a few classic tragedies written in modern time. 'Death of a Salesman' as a Modern Tragedy In 'Death of a Salesman' Arthur Miller presents a tragedy which is different from the classical and Shakespearean tragedies.
On the basis of some unconventional rules Miller produces a tragedy, which is very modern in . Walking with Arthur Miller. For an essay in the magazine on the fiftieth anniversary of the first production of “Death of a Salesman,” I visited Arthur Miller at his home in Roxbury.
Arthur Miller’s Death of a Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman can be seen as an eulogy of a dreamer, which depicts one man’s tragic life and death as he tries to bring his family into grace.
A list of important facts about Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, including setting, climax, protagonists, and antagonists. An Easier Way to Study Hard. genre · Tragedy, social commentary, family drama. New York and Boston”. Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman as Epic Tragedy Aristotle's Poetics defines the making of a dramatic or epic tragedy and presents the general principles of the construction of this genre.
Surprisingly, over the centuries authors have remained remarkably close to Aristotle's guidelines.