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In the play Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman Willy Loman asympathetic salesman and despicable father whos life is a casting off has some traitsthat match Aristotles views of a tragic hero Willys series of ups and downs is identicalto Aristoles views of proper tragic figure a king with flaws His faulty personality thefinancial struggles and his inabiltity are three substantital flaws that contribute to hisWilly an aging salesman who sells nothing is abused by the buyers andrepeatly borrows money from Charley to make ends meet He is angered by the way hisboss Howard fired him after working for thirty-four-years at the same company Youcant 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 worthwhileliving at all in a world which seemingly offers less and less space for the individualNow If it is true that tragedy is the consquence of a mans total complusion to evaluatehimself justly his destruction in the attempt posits a wrong or an evil in hisenvironment And this is precisely the morality of tragedy and its lesson The discoveryof the moral law which is what the enlightenment of tragedy consists of is not thediscovery of some abstract or metaphysical quantity miller common manHis problem is that he has so completely accepted the values of his society that he judgeshimself by standards rooted in social myths rather than human necessities This lack ofinsight is strikingly similiar to traits of the tragic hero As Aristotles writes the tragicThe glaring point of his faulty personality of neglecting others includesthose closest to him his wife Linda and his two sons Biff and Happy Youll retire mefor life on seventy goddamn dollars a week Miller 28 is evidence of the cruelty Willycan show toward Happy as he does to Biff Willy puts enormous pressure on his olderson Biff to help him out
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