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Is Willy Loman a tragic hero According to the definition of tragic hero by Aristotle the main points that need to be considered are 1 Noble birth 2 Noble characteristics 3 Position of power 4 A single flaw 5 A complete downfall 6 That downfall caused by the single flaw 7 A recovery 8The story must cause the readerlistener to feel a pity for the downfall b awe at the recovery c fear that they may face a comparable downfall and be unable to recover The first criterion for a tragic hero is hamartia or a tragic flaw in the characters personality that brings about their downfall Willy Loman definitely does possess a tragic flaw and in his case it is pride Loman cannot accept that he is a terrible salesman a substandard provider and suffering from mental illness He borrows money every week from Charley so that he can tell his family stories of his successful sales trips And yet he will not accept a job from charley though he is fired A tragic hero must have a mix of both good and bad qualities predominantly good so that they are more of a character that readers could relate to Willy is a hard worker although a bad salesman He wants the best for his family However he does have a few bad qualities in this story For example the woman who was with Willy when biff entered the hotel room This affected both his children because seeing this Biff turned worse and happy turned worse trying to be like Biff Aristotle also believed that a tragic hero must be a character that readers would be inclined to have both pity for and concern for the characters well being This is definitely a factor in this story One of the major reasons why readers might pity Loman is that all the time that his mental condition is worsening his family realizes it
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