‘Tragedies present a conflict between human goodness and reality’
Explore the significance of the struggle for goodness in two texts that you have studied
|Willy seeking to provide for the family: to achieve human goodness.
Show by use of flashbacks: to show that tragic heroes attempt to inculcate USA dream
BUT reality is that the only way he achieves this human goodness is to crash his car: to give insurance pay out to family
|Bolingbroke’s guilt and need for repent of goodness. “hate the murderer, love him murdered” polyptoton. “I’ll make a voyage to the holy land”. Biblical echoes used to show sin and the need to atone for goodness|
|Biff as tragic victim “blew me so full of hot air” c.f a balloon: vulnerable: emptiness, worthless?||Queen’s lack of fortune: “my fortune runs against the bias” Show struggle for faith, hope in human goodness whilst the reality is that Kingship is depriving her of her husband and she hates it. Shown by all the dismissals of her courtier|
|Another tragic victim: Miller shows Linda as “the one that bore the cross for them all”> Goodness shown in mending stockings etc. Reality is that stark poverty threatens. Whilst Willy is having an affair. FUTILE struggle for goodness||Richard II’s goodness as gods “anointed deputy” Richard himself affirms in central part of play Act 3, scene 2. Reality is that his goodness is not what’s needed to rule. Bolingbroke much less flowery language, but out performs as king.|