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Tragedy and the Common Man written by Arthur Miller defines what he feels is a tragedy There are several different characteristics that Miller feels defines a tragic figure One is that the main character does whatever he has to do to secure his personal sense of dignity Another key part of a tragedy is the tragic flaw that the main character has When the character recognizes his tragic flaw he tries to overcome it and fails in the process Willy Loman and Othello definitely fit the description of a tragic figure Willy Lomans major flaw was his pride or dignity He couldnt accept the fact he was getting old and he was losing the respect of people He tries to hard to be well respected and liked We know this is true because what he says to his sons when he dreams of the past Thats why I thank Almighty God youre both built like Adonises Because the man who makes an appearance din the business world the man who cares personal interested 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 Miller 1314 Willy was getting too old for his job he was having trouble doing it His friend Charley offered him a job he could handle but his pride and dignity told him that he wasnt too old for his current job He ends up losing his job Now he cant even support his family He even loses the respect of his sons when Happy tells the two girls he was with that Willy wasnt his father He couldnt overcome his flaw of not accepting himself and in the end he kills himself to escape the repercussions he has caused himself Even the moment before he dies he feels he needs the respect of his family so he suicides and leaves the money
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