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December 07, 2005

Tragedy and the Common Man

Tragedy and the Common Man by Arthur Miller

Tragedy and the Common Man by Arthur Miller

“Tragedy, then, is the consequence of a man's total compulsion to evaluate himself justly.”

It is human nature for us to judge ourselves according to our peers. Willy compares himself to Charley because he is his peer. They’re the same age and have known each other for years. Charley and his son are both successful businessmen. They are everything that Willy and his sons aspire to be. Since Willy’s happiness depends on Biff’s success, Willy fails because Biff fails.

Arthur Miller writes that common men can be tragic characters just as well as those in high places. He says that everyone should be able to identify with the tragic hero. Willy isn’t just a common man because he’s a salesman from Brooklyn, but because you can commiserate with him, disapprove of him, and laugh at him.

Posted by Kayla Sawyer at December 7, 2005 09:31 PM


LOVE LOVE LOVE the graphic. P.S. saw your stuff in Eye Contact. Rock on, lady! You coming to the CRAFT party?

Posted by: Moira at December 8, 2005 05:27 PM

Thanks. Yeah, I'll be there - as will the two Sarahs. See you then.

Posted by: Kayla Sawyer at December 8, 2005 06:15 PM

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