Death Of A Salesman

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In the first B.C dramatist known as
Aristotle started to write a series of plays called the
tragedies. They were as follows: the play revolved around a
great man, such as a king or war hero, who had a tragic
flaw. This flaw would eventually become his downfall and he
would fall from his glory. In the case of obvious it was his
hubris; and Oedipus, his pride and curiosity. Through out the
play the hero has many opportunities to overcome his
mistakes. On the other side, the reason that his nature he
sarcomas to it and deals with a sever punishment. Even
though these types of plays are still written today most
authors have varied their loom of writing a tragedy. An
example is Author Miller. He attempts to illustrate the
misfortune in the common man; he shows this in “Death to a
Salesman.” According to Arthur Miller, "the tragic feeling is
evoked in us when we are in the presence of a character
who ready to put his life aside, if necessary, to secure one
thing - his sense of personal dignity." (Tragedy and the
Common Man p.1) He is saying in this quotation is that even
that the common man can even be tragic because
occasionally the one thing that she prizes the most, his sense
of self-dignity, can be so jaded that he will sacrifice his own
life to secure this dignity. In “Death to a Salesman”, Arthur
Miller successfully shows that you do not have to be
someone important or king to show that. The classical model
of a tragedy is that of someone of a high position contains
superior qualities such as leadership for instance a king.
However the hero always has a flaw, which may be an
excess of one of these qualities such as hubris. This hero
while trying to accomplish a goal such as a quest will
eventually be dealt punishment, which is usually death. One
could argue that not only Aristotle’s definition of tragedy is
true but that there can be many different kinds of tragedies.
From the tragedy of a common man to that of a family or
group of people. In opposition to Aristotle\'s view one could
argue that any type of man could show tragic qualities, no
matter what social environment the man comes from. The
hero could range from a highly intellectual and educated man
with great potential but whose flaw is lack of motivation, to a
crack addict living on the street who refuses to enter rehab.
The fate of people such as this might not be as appalling as
death; however may be economic failure or social rejection.
It the play “Death to a Salesman”there is elements to a tragic
man by his way of commonness. Willy Loman is in the low
social position but it seems to act like he is king of the world.
Family believes that he is the heron in the world and they
would be nothing with out him. But he is only an agitated
sales man. “In the greatest country of the world a young man
with such attractiveness, gets lost.” (Page 16 Death to a
Salesman) He also shows qualities of a tragic hero. Arthur
Miller a tragic man would rather die than to face losing his
dignity. “I think the tragic feeling is evoked in us when we
are in the presence of a character who is ready to lay down
his life.” (Para. 4, Arthur Miller) Willy was ready to throw
his life away to be a well-liked man and successful being. His
weakness was he was not able to be as successful as he
wanted to so he faked it. He mad him self-out to be top dog
but in the end his fate was that he was a nobody or an
average Joe. He pictures as he prepares for suicide that lots
of salesman are coming to his funeral but it’s false. Willy
might maybe a common man who is nothing more than a
visionary and a liar, but he is still pictured a tragic hero. He
even thought manual labor manual labor wasn’t civilized
enough for people yet he was proud of the ceiling he put in
the dinning room, which was manual labor. He shows there
that he is a hypocrite. He makes his family believe that if you
are well liked in life you will go far with out working hard.
“They look at him through his own eyes because he has
blinded their own.” (B.K.M) He wants to be a well-known
man at home around the world in other countries, which is
impossible. Because of Willy\'s view