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Death of a Salesman is the tragic story of one man and his struggle to fulfill the American dream and take his family along with him Since the story is tragic what would a tragedy be without the title character himself dying Well probably just a sad story So it happens but we have to wonder is Willy Loman a tragic hero Arthur Miller says a tragic hero is The tragic feelinginvoked 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 It can be argued either way probably but I believe that he is and for three reasons To begin Willys death was self-induced though not regarded as noble in his mind it was His reason behind taking his own life was to allow his insurance money to go to the rest of his family to carry on the dream the rags to riches ideal of ultimate success Ultimately however his plan fell through yet in his own eyes his last minutes were heroic in the fact that he was putting his family ahead of himself Willy is a hero if even just in his own eyes He never let himself doubt the fact that he was a hard worker whose work meant everything to himself He went to work each and every day and came home to his family to some who he hoped would carry on the family business While this later turned out not to be the case Willy never lost his pride and his dignity He believed in himself his work and he believed that he always did things in the right He broke down in the novel especially towards his son but he broke down in defense of his own beliefs beliefs that he had hoped to bestow unto him and eventually couldnt If for no other reason Willy
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