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As Aristotle defined a tragedy should fall under four headings In the times of Aristotle the tragic hero needed to be of high social stature In the modern day readers often prefer to read stories with which they can relate to Therefore the tragic hero can be any ordinary person just like Willy Loman The reader must also be able to admire and pity the hero however this is not true in Death of a Salesman In Mlillers commentaries Tragedy and the Common Man he states that the underlyning struggle is that of the individual attempting to gain his rightful position in his society This is true but there needs to be more than an attempt- some sort of happiness must be achieved so that the reader can admire him as well as pity him when the downfall occurs As a result of the struggle after those moments of success only then can the deception occur so that there is reason for the reader so have pity for the character in addition to admiration Willy had the potential to be a tragic hero just as anybody does yet right up to the end he remained a victim trapped in his own world of illusions To be a tragic hero there must also be that moment of discovery and recognition so that the audience in the end evokes the appropriate emotions Willy does not achieve this Some argue that the reason for Willys suicide is because he came to the realization that he has lived his life in vain However it is evident that the true motive behind his suicide was so that Biff can inherit the 20 000 on his insurance policy Can you imagine that magnificence with twenty thousand dollars in his pocket Act 2 He is constantly thinking of how him and his sons specifically Biff can be successful in the business world Despite Biffs attempt to make his father
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