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How are issues of personal dignity dramatically portrayed in Death of a Salesman?
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"Tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is
ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure... his sense of personal dignity." How
are issues of personal dignity dramatically portrayed in Death of a Salesman?
Willy Loman, central protagonist in Miller's Death of a Salesman, clings - above all else - to his
personal dignity. But personal dignity is not only shown through Willy but also explored by Miller through
the other characters and specific events and actions throughout the play. These are portrayed dramatically
from the setting of scenes in Willy's mind, to the tension between father and son, and in this essay I will
look at Miller's different portrayals of personal dignity. But what is personal dignity? It is defined as "the
quality or state of being worthy of esteem or respect;" or, alternatively something that comes from "a high
office or rank". And 'tragic feeling' is defined as "mournful, melancholy or pathetic or dreadful, disastrous
or fatal". In what way are these two concepts similar? In short, they're opposites. Dignity is a positive
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