Death Of A Salesman And Oedipus The King Comparison Analysis

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Throughout literature readers and has been given a stereotypical character with certain flaws, but a character that is usually rooted for, this being the hero archetype that has been altered and changed in different ways fitting for each story. In the two pieces Death of a Salesman , and Oedipus The King both from different eras and parts of the world yet each had a commonality to the story’s main hero, connected with similar flaws and end results. Death and pain is a common idea among each piece being each hero goes through their own trials and will inevitably find comfort through pain or ultimately death. In addition to pain, while each of these heros venture through their story something is hindering the ability to see the truth in each …show more content…
Pain is not always simply a feeling felt by one singular person or character, pain can be a reminder embodied in objects or even loved ones. In Death of a Salesman and Oedipus The King the heroes or antiheroes- parallely endure pain through the reminders that are their loved ones. In Death of a Salesman Willy Loman’s pain is forever embodied in his failed son, Biff. Biff learned his father was cheating on his mother while away on a business trip, Biff decided he was “not going there”[college] (Miller p.94) immediately after learning of his father’s infidelity. Biff’s world is destroyed by his father and in turn Willy does not have a perfect son anymore, just a son who is “well-liked”(Miller p.20) and “built like Adonises”(Miller p.21), for Willy this is not enough and after realizing that he is to blame, Biff is the reminder that Willy had destroyed his son’s future. …show more content…
Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is the tragic story of a man who can not deal with his life any more because in his own idealistic world he never embodied the idea, but does not accept this fact, rather flashes back into his own skewed memories. Due to the distorted thoughts and memories of Willy’s, once he is being confronted with the painful truth he starts to deal with that pain by getting into accidents that “weren’t-accidents” (Miller p.42), attempting to rid himself of the pain of being a failure. Willy Loman is unable to attain control over his life much like how Oedipus is not able to control his life so he also goes to drastic measures to capture the sense of control once more. Oedipus’ fate could have been avoided if his mother did not try to avoid the prophecy which lead to Oedipus’ inevitable pain and suffering. Much like Willy, Oedipus refused to see the truth about his situation out of fear of the pain it could create for each of them, except Oedipus had more of a painful burden to bear than Willy, when Oedipus finds his mother, wife, hung by her own hand out of a “fury of passion”(Sophocles 72) leaving Oedipus to deal with her blood on his hands along with the sin of “monstrous children”(Sophocles 72). Oedipus realizes that he is unworthy to see with his eyes that “that failed to recognize”(Sophocles 73) the

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