Flashcards in All My Sons Context Deck (12):
What does Arthur Miller say about the tragic form ?
‘I think the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down their life...’
What is the extract called in which Arthur Miller talks about the tragic form ?
Tragedy and the common man.
What does greek tragedy show ?
That a good man can be hurt and can do wrong
That the gods send evil as well as good
Name the two functions of a greek tragic storyline
Anagnorisis: the point of crisis in a plot where the protagonist recognises his or her true identity or discovers the true nature of of his or hers situation
Peripeteia: The point in the plot where change or reversal occurs, often as the consequence for anagnorisis. For example the mood of the play would change - despair turns to hope.
What is significant about the ‘tragic hero’
The fall - it is a strange and terrible aspect - a great and powerful figure falls from their position of power and respect.
What is hamarta?
A hero’s fatal flaw
What is it called when we pity the tragic hero, yet we recognise their wrongdoings?
What is catharsis ?
Tragedy makes us face waste, loss, the destruction of what is good, the corruption of innocence and the feeling that we are little people in a vast universe
What is it called when tragedy makes us face waste, loss, the destruction of what is good, the corruption of innocence and the feeling that we are little people in a vast universe?
How is All My Sons a Greek Tragedy ?
•It has a protagonist suffering from a previous offence, and punishment for that offense.
•Additionally, it explores the father-son relationship, also a common theme in Greek tragedies (see Oedipus the King by Sophocles, c. 430 BC).
•Ann Deever could also be seen to parallel a messenger as her letter is proof of Larry's death.
•Also, it takes place within a 24-hour period (intensifies the action/fall/drama)
How is All My Sons not a greek tragedy ?
• he is an ordinary man
• he uses a gun to shoot himself - not a sword