Death of a Salesman and All My Sons as Optimistic Tragedies Essay

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Death of a Salesman and All My Sons as Optimistic Tragedies

This essay deals with Arthur Miller, and his uniqueness as a tragic playwright. The research question that this paper attempted to answer was, why were Miller's plays different from many other tragedies. Two of Arthur Miller's tragedies were used in this essay, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons. The thesis of this essay is, Arthur Miller deviates from the standard perception of tragedy in his plays, Death of a Salesman and All My Sons because unlike other tragedies, they are optimistic in that the main character causes the tragedy for what they perceive to be the greater good.

The body of this essay starts out with a discussion of tragedy, and the commonly viewed
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He is known throughout America and in many parts of the world for his tragedies. Miller has worked in other forms of literature, including his own autobiography, but he is most famous for his plays that he has been writing for more than sixty years, and continues to write. He has received many prestigious awards, including the Avery Hopwood Award, and his greatest honor, the Pulitzer Prize for his play, Death of a Salesman. Besides writing plays, Miller has also written books and essays. One of his more interesting essays was on the definition of a tragic play. He is one of the many literary scholars who have created their own definition of a tragedy. Arthur Miller deviates from the standard perception of tragedy in his plays, Death of a Salesman, All My Sons, and A View from the Bridge because unlike other tragedies, they are optimistic in that the main character causes the tragedy for what they perceive to be the greater good.

What Defines a Tragedy

The definition of tragedy has been argued for thousands of years. Literary scholars have different ideas, none of them wrong, but distinct in their own ways. Some have loose definitions, with very flexible standards. There are others that believe quite the opposite, having very strict definitions with no room for variations. Aristotle was one of these latter scholars. His definition was very exact, with no room for

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