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Death of a Salesman In the play Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman Willy Loman a sympathetic salesman and despicable father whos life is a casting off has some traits that match Aristotles views of a tragic hero Willys series of ups and downs is identical to Aristoles views of proper tragic figure a king with flaws His faulty personality the financial struggles and his inabiltity are three substantital flaws that contribute to his failure and tragic end Willy an aging salesman who sells nothing is abused by the buyers and repeatly borrows money from Charley to make ends meet He is angered by the way his boss Howard fired him after working for thirty-four-years at the same company You cant eat the orange and throw the peel away--a man is not a piece of fruit Miller 61 Willy is battling for his life fighting to sustain a sense of himself that makes it worthwhile living at all in a world which seemingly offers less and less space for the individual Now If it is true that tragedy is the consquence of a mans total complusion to evaluate himself justly his destruction in the attempt posits a wrong or an evil in his environment And this is precisely the morality of tragedy and its lesson The discovery of the moral law which is what the enlightenment of tragedy consists of is not the discovery of some abstract or metaphysical quantity miller common man His problem is that he has so completely accepted the values of his society that he judges himself by standards rooted in social myths rather than human necessities This lack of insight is strikingly similiar to traits of the tragic hero As Aristotles writes the tragic hero Lives for honor and fame The glaring point of his faulty personality of neglecting others includes those closest to him his wife Linda and his two sons Biff and Happy
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