Millers essay tragedy and the common man

It is the idea that tragedy is of necessity allied to pessimism. And such a process is not beyond the common man. For one reason or another, we are often held to be below tragedy-or tragedy above us.

Nor is it necessarily a weakness.

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But there are among us today, as there always have been, those who act against the scheme of things that degrades them, and in the process of action everything we have accepted out of fear of insensitivity or ignorance is shaken before us and examined, and from this total onslaught by an individual against the seemingly stable cosmos surrounding us-from this total examination of the "unchangeable" environment-comes the terror and the fear that is classically associated with tragedy.

He was known for creating brooding, charismatic figures who were troubled killers and yet capable of goodness. The common always think that he is not given the rightful status in the society so he fights with society to gain his status. Tragedy, then, is the consequence of a man's total compulsion to evaluate himself justly.

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