The Delusive Lie In Arthur Miller's Death Of A Salesman

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The Delusive Lie Everybody believes in a manipulative lie where in heroes are judged to possess no flaws, but deep within, heroes are humans too. Dr. Wheeler, a literary critic from Carson-Newman University, analyzed that tragedies enlighten those individuals involved to be more vigilant towards the consequences of their actions and to act upon these mistakes before it becomes too late. Specifically, Willy Loman is a devoted father that was eager to achieve the idealistic American Dream. He fantasized that his failed ambition, accompanied by tragedies, would be endured and accomplished by his two sons, Biff and Happy. In the novel Death of a Salesman, author Arthur Miller portrays Willy Loman as a tragic hero through examples of his fate affecting the welfare of a number of people and his downfall caused by excessive pride, proving that a perfect hero is nonexistent. Even though Willy Loman bears the arduous responsibility of being the head provider, …show more content…
William Loman is a tragic hero that bears the conceited yet regretful fatherly role, exhibiting an arduous responsibility of upholding the foundation of his family. Admittedly through his flaws, mainly induced by the delusional lies and false expectations Willy developed in his head, he is a hero who cherishes and devotes his family as his fundamental priority. Granted this, a hero is not solely based on his accomplishments since humans are not genuinely constructed to be flawless. A hero is spawned by his flaws, downfalls, and mistakes. The strength to reconstruct oneself is the truly dignifying determinant that appoints an individual as a hero. Therefore, this proves that Willy Loman, as a father, a husband, and as a man is a hero capable of rising from his own

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