The Squabble

June 29, 2010
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FADE IN:

SUNDAY MORNING ABOUT 9 AM

Thomas Cane, a young boy of 15 joins his sister, Elizabeth Cane at the breakfast table.

She had just finished reading Death of a Salesman

Tom

Hey. . . OH WOW Death of a Salesman, it’s based on a Greek tragedy you know?

Liz
NO WAY!!!

Tom
Yep, you better believe it.

Liz
Prove it!

Tom
Well, The play is a counterexample to Aristotle's characterization of tragedy as the downfall of a great man.

Liz
Ok, ok. Willy Loman does have a major character flaw. And his downfall is that of an ordinary man, and not a great man.

Tom
Yes, but it is a counterexample. And Loman is obsessed with the question of greatness.

Liz
True, and his downfall comes directly from his misconstrued view of himself as someone capable of greatness at such an old age.

Tom
See, you get it now. Death of a salesman is a Greek tragedy, even as a counterexample.

Liz
Thanks for bringing this to my attention. Love ya bro.

Tom
No Problem, now lets have breakfast

FADE TO BLACK





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