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Hamlet vs Willy Death of a Salesman written by Arthur Miller is a book about a salesman named Willy Loman who lives in the past and holds on to ideals and dreams that simply dont exist anymore constantly worrying about his material items and the condition of his family Willy becomes distraught leading to his early death Hamlet written by William Shakespeare is about a prince named Hamlet similar to Willy Hamlet is also constantly worrying about life and the state of his family In literature theres a common idea of the tragic hero Arthur Miller author of Death of a Salesman has a new updated version of what a tragic hero is a character who is ready to lay down his life if need be to secure his sense of personal dignity a character of nobility has a tragic flaw With this definition of a tragic hero in mind both Hamlet and Willy Loman are tragic heroes In both plays the main characters Willy and Hamlet are both willing to lay down their lives for a sense of their personal dignity Remember that pipe it isnt there He took it away himself Linda Willys wife is telling her two sons Biff and Happy that their father had a pipe in the basement next the heater and that his intentions were to kill himself At the time Willy was struggling to make any sales and wasnt bringing home a adequate enough paycheck to pay bills on the house Willy evaluates success by the amount of quality possessions one owns therefore Willy who cant afford a lot of new electronics feels as if he is less of a man and because of this he does eventually lay his life down He had no right to do that There was necessity for it Hamlet bothered by the fact that his uncle killed his father and married his mother also had to act to save his
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