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A mighty warrior slain during a battle while defending his familys honor comes to mind when we consider what makes a hero not the image of a traveling salesman committing suicide to acquire personal satisfaction In Millers play Death of A Salesman Willy Lomans desire for success became his central drive with such intensity that it created a smoke screen blocking reality in his mind The only way in which Willy can live up to his presentation of himself to the world would be to lay down his life so that his family could obtain insurance money Willys sacrificed life for insurance money constituted him as a hero to his family and constituted tragedy because he can never achieve the success that he desiresWilly Loman tried desperately to convince everyone around him that he was successful dignified and well liked by his customers The desire for success could be magnified in the sales field due to the enormous amount of competition that exists in this career Due to the fact that Willy can consider lying down his life to acquire personal satisfaction and fulfillment he fits the profile of a hero In Literature and the Writing Process Millers idea of a Modern Tragic Hero indicated there must be a clash between the character and the environment especially social environment 692 Willy definitely has a serious conflict with his environment He must visit his friend Charlie to request cash to make ends meet and yet when Charlie offers Willy a job he refuses stating Ive got a job Miller 74 Willy really needs a new position in which he will not have to travel but he is so jealous of Charlie he can not accept the position that is offered This is an example of the conflict that Willy suffers within himself and the environment around him Consider the era in which Miller wrote this play men generally took great pride in providing
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