Essay about Fate And Destiny : Oedipus Rex And Death Of A Salesman

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Fate and Destiny in Oedipus Rex and Death of a Salesman

Fate and destiny are very prominent themes within the Aristotelian world of tragedies and have always embraced the “fall of princes” structure in which they were written. Arthur Miller shows, through Death of a Salesman, his belief that anyone, even a man as common as a salesman can be a tragic hero. In Death of a Salesman, we see how flawed Willy’s idealisms really are and how much of a downward spiral his life really is. Through his failure to realize that he is not really living the “American Dream”, we see how much he lies to himself and how his own illusory world affects his fate. In Oedipus Rex, the victim Oedipus himself is the one who causes his own fate similarly to Willy Loman. Through his arrogance and obstinate wish to unmask the guilty, he ultimately blinds himself to the reality that is happening around him and the truth of his life. Oedipus and Willy Loman 's reluctance to accept fate and their continuous reliance on their own flawed Idealisms are what ultimately cause them to fulfill their own prophecies.

Fate has always been a question that has puzzled humanity throughout the ages. Back during the times of the ancient Greeks, the role of fate was one of terrifying presence and an unstoppable force that had the power to destroy one’s life and had the biggest impact on kings and queens. “Every aspect of life depended and was based upon fate” (Nagle 100). But in modern times fate has been used in many…

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