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According to Arthur Miller The tragic feeling is invoked whenever we are in the presence of a character any character who is ready to sacrifice his life if need be to secure one thing his sense of personal dignity Willy Loman was willing to do that no matter what the cost That makes Willy Loman an excellent example of Aristotles tragic hero Willy is far from a perfect man He is a flawed human being and his flaws are very much like our own He wants what we want--dignity success respect and a decent standard of living He was not born in a high social class and he never lived in high society but he believed that his was in an upper class of society He told himself so many times that his family and him were not average that they were better that the normal family Willy is generally a good father husband and human being However his one tragic flaw is his lack of a grip on reality He couldnt differentiate the difference between the current time and the past His flashbacks are a part of his everyday lifestyle only he doesnt know that he is experiencing them Because he lacks that awareness he brings about his own downfall Willy could not comprehend that his family is average No matter what his family members do he thinks that the entire world revolves around them The have made their names famous for a small amount of time in high school but they havent done anything important since Willy doesnt pay attention to anything other than the positive aspects of their lives Biff tries to explain that the are an average family to him and in the final argument Willy understands what Biff is telling him That catharsis brings upon a realization of what his life means and what he has achieved Willys realization of his life causes him to have a
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