Death Of A Salesman By Arthur Miller Essay

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Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller, written in 1949, is a play filled with much dialogue and characterization leading to a heartbreaking story. Willy Loman, the protagonist in the touching Arthur Miller play is illustrated as a tragic hero by Aristotle’s definition. According to him, a tragic hero can be defined as a person of noble stature and their downfall is partially his or her own fault; in other words, a person with a fatal flaw. According to Robert A. Martin in his critical essay, “The Nature of Tragedy in Arthur Miller 's Death of a Salesman,” Willy Loman is not a character to either be argued or defended, but a character who the audience should experience (Martin 1). Although many are certain that Willy Loman is not someone who can be considered a tragic hero because of his many failures as a father and husband; this protagonist is a valid example of a tragic hero because of his own faults which lead to his downfall and his punishment being not entirely “deserved.” Whether a common man, such as Willy Loman, can be considered a tragic hero will always be debated. Therefore, Death of a Salesman is critical to literature because it raises the question whether a common man can be acknowledged as a tragic hero. Aristotle’s idea of tragedy states that only persons of noble stature can be tragic heroes. However, a common person, such as Willy Loman, can be a victim of a tragedy as well as any noble person. Willy Loman fulfills those characteristics that is necessary…

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