These selfish moves on his part make me ultimately say nay to the idea of him as a tragic hero. From the start of the book, to the end, there was no reason to predict otherwise that his demise would be exactly what it was, his death.
At his funeral, Willy only notices salesman and buyers and not any friends and family. What is this flaw? If you ask me, I believe it is more likely that Willy is a tragic hero, than simply a sad, pathetic man. But infact he is has a tragic flaw. This could also be considered his fatal flaw if not his depression living in the past.
Therefore giving him some power over people close to him. Willy Loman is the everyman, the person striving for the American dream a dream that he misunderstands even at the end of his life. It is Bif who we should have pity for not his insane father.
That is actually a much tougher question than it might seem.
Michael Karshis FlickR, http: Willy cheated on his wife, was caught by his son, who never fully recovered from the shock yet still loved him dearly, and Willy was never willing to step up and take account for his faults.
We know Willy made an error of judgement by pursuing the idea that reputation is more relevant than knowledge or education in an ever evolving, improving business world that has a high demand for work to get done efficiently. Most came to the conclusion that because there was no nobility in the protagonist Willy Loman that the play could not be considered a tragedy.
However, he is a father and husband, and evidently the head of the family. Our media pushes the same fallacy that Willy Loman would finally succumb to. The belief that the superficial qualities of attractiveness and likeability are the keystones to success.
Is Willy Loman a tragic hero? According to Aristotle, a play must have four elements to be a tragedy. He also denies another very promising job. Willy has several flaws to choose from but they all boil down to a fundamental flaw in his thinking.
Although admittedly if you want to be technical it depends on the definition used for "tragedy". Regardless of what is wrong and right, this man pursued what he believed was right till the very end, to me this is part of what a man is, if not a hero. The Fatal Flaw written by: Lastly we know that the story ends with Willy committing suicide, which most people would call a tragedy, because this is a fatal event.
Willy has all the characteristics of tragedy, with his unfortunate mental condition and leading to his own death. The thing that make me more sympathy with Willy is his way to deney the truth, by showing his family and friends that he is successful and he will do something interesting and useful.
It needs a character of nobility, this character must recognize the fatal flaw in the climax of the play, high language and the ability to evoke pity and fear from the audience and then soothe it. Miller answered these critics in his essay Tragedy and the Common Man, where he proposed that tragedy is not the sole property of the noble class and now that the perception that tragedy is somehow above the common man is false.
His actions result in an increase of self- awareness and self-knowledge -Near the end of act II Willy faces reality and understands that Biff is unsuccessful. His naming of Willy Loman Low man explicitly places him in the working class.
Although he does this to secure his dignity, it is never revealed if he did this as a last act of selfishness or if it was truly his belief that this was the one good thing he could do for his sons.
Many feel pity towards Willy Noman, why? As his son said he had the right idea just all the wrong dreams. If we believe Miller, Willy Loman is a tragic hero and thus has a fatal flaw.
There was no arguing that the Willy was flawed, in fact in some cases he was considered too flawed to be a character that could have pity felt for him. While Willy is completely convinced of this, his son Biff has come to value a more rewarding understanding that rewards hard work without complaint.
This inability to cope with the real world eventually leads to his death.
I think this is because he knows that he was the reason Biff changed and lost interest in everything. I think it can be proved that Willy Loman is indeed a tragic hero.
And yes, this does eventually lead to his downfall, his suicide. Death of a Salesman: He is convinced that popularity is enough to lead to success and this eventually leads to his fall.Death of a Salesman: The Fatal Flaw written by: KennethSleight • edited by: Ronda Bowen • updated: 11/21/ Arthur Miller’s play, “Death of a Salesman," won both the Pulitzer Prize for drama and the Tony award for best play in Willy Loman Despite his desperate searching through his past, Willy does not achieve the self-realization or self-knowledge typical of the tragic hero.
The quasi-resolution that his suicide offers him represents only a partial discovery of the truth. Death of a Salesman is a play written and set during Arthur Miller used his play to represent a social drama and tragedy embodying the unattainable and elusive American Dream. His protagonist, Willy Loman, is a salesman whose disillusionment ends with his suicide.
Willy Loman, the troubled father and husband in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman, can be classified as a tragic hero, as defined by Aristotle in his work, Poetics.
In Aristotle's Poetics, a tragic hero was defined as one who falls from grace into a state of extreme despair. A MODERN TRAGIC HERO IN ARTHUR MILLER’S PLAY DEATH OF A This paper discusses Arthur Miller’s character, Willy Loman, in Death of a Salesman in terms of his being a tragic hero.
There are several debates on Willy Loman pointing out This is a tragic story of a salesman called Willy Loman. American playwright Arthur Miller wrote Death of a Salesman in It won both the Pulitzer Prize for drama and New York Drama Critics Circle Award.
The protagonist Willy Loman has a tragic flaw or hamartia but his downfall is that of an ordinary man. Miller’s play is .Download