Death of a Salesman | Literature Criticism Critical Essay by Fred Ribkoff

This literature criticism consists of approximately 13 pages of analysis & critique of Death of a Salesman.
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Critical Essay by Fred Ribkoff

SOURCE: Ribkoff, Fred. “Shame, Guilt, Empathy, and the Search for Identity in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman.Modern Drama 43, no. 1 (spring 2000): 48-55.

In the following essay, Ribkoff considers the roles of guilt, empathy, shame, and self-identity in Death of a Salesman.

Among other things, tragedy dramatizes identity crises. At the root of such crises lie feelings of shame. You might ask: what about guilt? There is no question that guilt plays a major role in tragedy, but tragedy also dramatizes the way in which feelings of shame shape an individual's sense of identity, and thus propel him or her into wrongdoing and guilt. In fact, Bernard Williams examines the relation and distinction between shame and guilt in his study of ancient Greek tragedy and ethics, Shame and Necessity. He “claim...

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