The death of a Saleman

Topics: Tragedy, Suicide, Death of a Salesman, Family, Tragic hero / Pages: 7 (1634 words) / Published: Oct 14th, 2013
A Modern American’s Tragedy
Death of a Salesman, by Arthur Miller, a play performed in 1949. Willy Loman, the protagonist, always tried to achieve his American dream. Biff, Willy’s oldest son, received most of love from his father and was hoped to be successful. However, Biff was not making anything to be successful. Happy, Willy’s youngest son, also lost the way finding his self and being successful. The play took place at time that Biff went back home after years far away from family; since then, the tragedy of the Loman’s started. Willy was fired; Biff realized he was lost his self in life. At the end of the play, Willy committed suicide and thought that it was a good way to resolve his family problem, actually Biff’s problems. Even though Willy committed suicide, the author and audiences still consider him as a hero. According to Aristotle, Willy is considered as a tragic hero, the hero in the plays has fatal flaws, and the hero’s flaws caused his downfall. The play was performed and left the pity and fear in the audiences. Moreover, according to the author, the dash of hope in the audiences’ feeling will also occur.
First of all, Willy Loman is considered as a tragic hero, his downfall was the result of his fatal flaws. Among of those flaws is his wrong definition of success. The protagonist’s definition of success was described in the conversation between Willy and his two sons, Biff and Happy:
That’s just what I mean. Bernard can get the best marks in school, y’understand, but when he gets out in the business world, y’understand, you are going to be five times ahead of him. That’s why I thank Almighty God you’re both built like Adonises. Because the man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead. Be liked and you will never want. You take me, for instance. I never have to wait in line to see a buyer. “Willy Loman is here!” That’s all they have to know, and I go right through(



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