Is Willy Loman A Tragic Hero

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Is the play Death of a Salesman a tragedy and is Willy Loman a tragic hero? Is Willy Loman a small man or a great man? Death of a Salesman is a tragedy because it has a tragic hero who fails to achieve his goal, goes threw lots of suffering, and his suffering results in his death. Willy Loman is a tragic hero because he sets out to accomplish what he thinks is best for him; which latter results in to pain and agony for himself and the people around him. In act one Linda says, “A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man”(56). Willy is not a great man, but he works hard enough for his family to consider him a great man. All Willy wants is to accomplish his ideals. As he struggles with this, he remembers all the stuff that happened to him in the past. As the result of the fear and struggle Willy decides to take his own life.…show more content…
In this case Death of a Salesman is a tragedy and Willy Loman is a tragic hero because Willy Loman is a simple man, many things happen to him. Even though in his family's eyes, he is a great man, Willy wants more than his family to see him as a great man; he wants everyone to see him as a great man. Miller states “ Tragedy is the result of a person’s quest for personal dignity”(excerpt paragraph 2). Miller’s statement backs up that a tragedy does not need to be focused on a great person or a well known man who had done something that is well known. In fact, it can work on a regular person with
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