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Tragedy in "Oedipus the King" Compared to "Death of a Salesman"

Summary: The theme of the tragic hero is a continual theme in the literature of tragedy. When Sophocles's "Oedipus the King" is compared to Arthur Miller's "Death of a Salesman, the plots are very different, yet both use dramatic irony to reveal the basic points of tragedy: the actions of a tragic hero means the hero is destined to die.
The elements of a play are setting, irony, plot, characters, and theme, which will be discussed in the essay.

Oedipus the King opens in a Greek amphitheatre depicting the front of a Theban palace. Throughout the play, the setting remains constant. This changes to a more fast-paced play with different settings in different places in Death of a Salesman.

Dramatic irony in Oedipus the King is evident throughout, which is similar to the latter play, but in a different form. In here, the irony is evident. Oedipus the King revolves around characters' attempts to change their destiny (which fails) - Jocasta and Laius's killing of Oedipus and Oedipus's flight from Corinth. Each time somebody tries to avert the future, the audience knows their attempt is futile, creating irony. When Jocasta and Oedipus mock the oracles, they continue to suspect...

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