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We as readers have too often become one-sided on a particular topic and failed to consider other possibilities Even today over fifty years after Arthur Millers essay Tragedy and The Common Man we still associate tragedy with the highborn and their plights However Arthur Miller stimulates our minds by explaining that a tragic hero can and should include the common man He defines a tragic hero as one who attempts to gain his rightful position in his society and in doing so struggles for his dignity Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman gives a perfect example of tragedy in the common man with the character Willy Loman who in his fear of being displaced his struggle to fix his problems and in his death as a plea for dignity can be considered a modern tragic hero From this total onslaught by an individual against the seemingly stable cosmosfrom this total examination of the unchangeable environment comes the terror and the fear that is classically associated with tragedy Miller explains that a tragic hero is created when he begins to observe the harmonious universe and realizes that he cannot change this balance because he starts to panic and worry about what his purpose is in life Willy Loman a formerly popular and successful salesman realizes that he cannot change his son Biff early in the play although he still attempts to make Biff realize that success is all about popularity He says to his wife Linda I wont fight with him any more If he wants to go back to Texas let him go p 18 It is in this realization that Willy fears being torn away from his chosen image of what he is in this world We see that he is concerned because he has flashbacks of when his life was much better On page 33 we get a glimpse of his theory in one of his memories Be liked and you will never
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