Tragic Aspects in Arthur Miller’s Plays


  • Dr. Sandeep Tripathi Assistant Professor (English) Amar Nath Girls (PG) College Mathura, India


Tragedy, Genre, Humanism, Society, Modernism, Hamartia


In this research paper an attempt has been made to show ‘Tragic aspects in Arthur Miller’s plays’. Tragedy has always been a prominent genre in drama around the world. In fact, to the ancient Greeks, tragedy is a genre so significant that it is associated with religious practices and the religious concept of purification. Arthur Miller (1915-2005) is considered one of the foremost American playwrights of the twentieth century who wrote a remarkable series of highly regarded pieces that reveal profound insight, humanism and empathy that are the hallmarks of his great dramatic works. Miller has his own concept of tragedy as a modern playwright. He believes that tragedy may depict ordinary people in domestic surroundings instead of talking about a character from a high rank, a king or queen. Miller’s main concern lies in dramatizing the whole man as he is part of a family and as he is part of a society. This research thus aims to explore the development of the tragic hero between Aristotle and Miller.


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Arthur Miller, “The Shadows of the Gods, op.cit., p.43.

Arthur Miller, “Tragedy and the Common Man, op.cit., p147.

W.B. Dellingham, “Arthur Miller and the loss of Conscience”, Emory Univ Quarterly, XVI (Spring, 1960), p.60.

Arthur Miller, Introduction to Arthur Miller’s Collected Plays., op cit, p.165


Allan Levis, “Willy’s death and the Nature of Tragedy”, The Contemporary Theatre ; The Significant Playwrights of our Time, New York, 1962,p.297.

“Tragedy and the Common Man” op.cit.p.147.

Ibid., p.144

T.F. Driver, “Strength and weakness in Arthur Miller”, Tulene Drama Review, Vol.IV, 1960, P.48.

Arthur Miller, All My Sons, op.cit, p60.

Arthur Miller , Death of a Salesman, op.cit., p.44

C.W. Trowbridge,” Arthur Miller, Between Pathos and Tragedy”, Modern Drama 1967, p.25.

W.B.Dellingam, op.cit, p334.

M.W.Steinberg, op.cit, p.336.




How to Cite

Dr. Sandeep Tripathi. (2019). Tragic Aspects in Arthur Miller’s Plays. The Creative Launcher, 4(1), 6–13. Retrieved from