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Tragedy was a very controversial issue in literature until recent years Recent figures in literature have set a clear definition for tragedy Author Miller is one of these figures Plays and novels have distinguished the definition of tragedy According to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary tragedy is a serious piece of literature typically describing a conflict between the protagonist and a superior force and having a sorrowful or disastrous conclusion that excites pity or terror Millers explains that a tragic hero does not always have to be a monarch or a man of a higher status A tragic hero can be a common person A tragedy does not always have to end pessimistically it could have an optimistic ending The play Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a tragedy because its hero Willy Loman is a tragic figure that faces a superior source being the American dream and the struggle for success Loman also excites pity in the reader because of his defeat and his inability to become a success or teach his children how to make their lives successful Miller defines a flaw as an inherent unwillingness to remain passive in the face of what one conceives to be a challenge to ones dignity Loman fulfills many of the requirements of being a tragic hero Willy is not flawless in his actions which by Millers standards make him a tragic hero It is not wrong for Willy to have flaws and it does not make him a weaker man but a tragic figure Miller designed the play so that Willy could be a tragic hero and for this he needs to have a flaw Willys flaw is that he is unable to see things in a more realistic perspective Charley says something in the play that sums up Willys whole life He asks him When the hell are you going to grow up Willys spends his entire life in an illusion He sees himself
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