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Death of a Salesman has been called the first American Tragedy The basis for this is the fact that Willy the main character has the needed tragic flaw and tragic end and for those who believe this is a tragedy also is the tragic hero I disagree with this idea because to be a tragic hero you need to have power and status to lose Willy has neither power nor status to lose except that which he thinks he has which is really none To have a true tragedy there must be three main elements in the story a tragic hero tragic flaw and tragic end If you consider Death of a Salesman to be a tragedy than you must take that Willy is the tragic hero With that basis his flaw could be many things He is partially crazy seeing his deceased older brother Ben whenever he needed support or it could be the values he basis everything on His values are that you must be well liked by everyone you meet or you will never succeed and you will never get ahead in life With his brother getting lucky in Africa by finding diamonds and thus getting filthy rich in a matter of 3 years Willys perception of success must have been warped Also his father was a traveling salesman till Willy was 3 and at which time he passed away Before he died he was a great salesman inventing things carving flutes and doing whatever he could to sell things He was very gifted as a salesman and this surely made Willy think he could be good also Willy also knew of a man Dave Singleman who was one of the greatest salesmen ever Where ever he went people knew him respected him and bought from him Willy saw this and wished this for himself That too contributed to his downfall Willys Goal in life was to be successful
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