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A tragic hero according to Aristotle must evoke emotions from the audience must recognize his faults at the end of the novel and must be large enough to be appropriate for tragedy Northrop Frye refers to these requirements when he says Tragic heroes are so much the highest points in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them great trees more likely to be struck by lightning than a clump of grass Conductors may of course be instruments as well as victims of the divine lightening He understands that a tragic hero like Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is more likely to be brought down than a common man because of his tragic flaw and that such a downfall will destroy himself as well as others around him Willys reluctance to accept the fact that he cant achieve the American dream locks him into a world of lies delusions and self-denial According to Fuller he isa self-deluded man who has lost the power to distinguish between reality and the obsessions that come to dominate his life His American dream consists of easy success and money It is very important that he be well liked and uses this to measure other peoples status and their success in life For example in the beginning of Act Two he describes that he is going to form his own business that will be bigger than Uncle Charley Because Charley isnot - well liked He has an inflated sense of pride and is more concerned with appearances than principles His inability to face the actualities of his life causes him slowly to lose his grip on reality At times he realizes that he has not succeeded as a salesman but is unable to place the blame on himself Willys tragedy is not only that he has ruined his own life but that of his children as well therefore passing
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