Death Of A Salesman Death of a Salesman: In the play, Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman: Willy Loman, a sympathetic salesman and despicable father whos life is a casting off has some traits that match Aristotles views of a tragic hero. Willys series of ups and downs is identical to Aristoles views of proper tragic figure; a king with flaws. His faulty personality, the financial struggles, and his inabiltity are three substantital flaws that contribute to his failure and tragic end. Willy, an aging salesman who sells nothing, is abused by the buyers, and repeatly borrows money from Charley to make ends meet. He is angered by the way his boss, Howard fired him after working for thirty-four-years at the same company, You cant eat the orange and throw the peel away–a man is not a piece of fruit! (Miller, 61). Willy is battling for his life, fighting to sustain a sense of himself that makes it worthwhile living at all in a world which seemingly offers less and less space for the individual.
Now, If it is true that tragedy is the consquence of a mans total complusion to evaluate himself justly, his destruction in the attempt posits a wrong or an evil in his environment. And this is precisely the morality of tragedy and its lesson. The discovery of the moral law, which is what the enlightenment of tragedy consists of, is not the discovery of some abstract or metaphysical quantity. (miller, common man) His problem is that he has so completely accepted the values of his society that he judges himself by standards rooted in social myths rather than human necessities. This lack of insight is strikingly similiar to traits of the tragic hero. As Aristotles writes, the tragic hero, Lives for honor and fame.
The glaring point of his faulty personality of neglecting others includes those closest to him, his wife, Linda and his two sons, Biff and Happy. Youll retire me for life on seventy goddamn dollars a week? (Miller, 28) is evidence of the cruelty Willy can show toward Happy as he does to Biff. Willy puts enormous pressure on his older son, Biff, to help him out in his time of need, Hap, [Willy] got to understand that Im not the man somebody lends that kind of money to, (Miller, 81). In the past, Biff went unexpectly to Boston, to a hotel where Willy was staying and begs Willy to come back to New York and convince his math teacher to give him a passing grade in a math course so he can graduate on time. While there, Biff sees the WOMAN in his fathers hotel room. Willy, at first, claims she is in the room because her shower is broken; then he changes the story and says he knows her through work, Theyre painting her room so I let her take a shower here. Go back, go back.. (Miller,93).
It did not get much better at home either. He constantly puts down his wife and hates it when she interrupts him in his conversations with Biff and Happy, Willy reacts angrily,[to LINDA]: Stop interrupting! (Miller, 47). Willy does the best as he know how because his father was never there for him. Despite the good influence Willy has on his wife and two sons, he is a good father to his sons– because he spends time with them. For the most part, he is a decent husband who never abused his wife but his wrongs outweight the postive things he did do for his family. He has a difficult time selling anything to earn money, A hundred and twenty dollars! My god, if business dont pick up I dont know what Im going to do!, (Miller, 23).
He works very hard he has nothing to show for it. He decides that it was hard for him to travel to places of business and asks his boss, Howard, if he can work closer to home in New York. He gets fired for asking. His financial struggles continue with late bills, and no payment for his premium insurance; he is going deep into debt. He ignores the problems and thinks that everything is going to be all right.
Because of the booming economy, he is left behind in the dust; everybody competes for positions in their respective professions, in the world of Americas business. For, if it is true to say that in essence the tragic hero is intent upon claiming his whole due as a personality, and if this struggle must be total and without reservation, then it automatically demonstrates the indestructible will of man to achieve his humanity. (miller, common man) He worries for his family so he decidesl himself by getting in his vehicle and crashing into an object so his family could get money from insurance. Ironically, this trait matchs Aristotles views of a tragic hero; His heroic qualities contribute to his downfall. Willy, at times, is a despicable character who complains about the bad luck that has befallen him. He is also, at times, a sympathetic character who has no control over certain things in his life that which cause him hardships.
Some of Willys traits match Aristoles views of a tragic hero, a hero with specific qualities which contribute to his own downfall. Aristoles beliefs that a proper tragic figure is similiar with flaws of the main character in Arthur Millers book, Death of a Salesman. Arthur Millers Death of a Salesman: Does Willy Lomans despicable character and a sympathetic traits match Aristoles views of a tragic hero? By Martin Galloway Jr 11/13/00 Block 4 Mrs. Reese Outline: 1. Willy Loman has traits similiar to Aristotles view of a tragic figure.
A) Sympathetic character. B) Faulty personality. C) Finanical struggles. D) Ingnoring the family. 2. Sympathetic character A) An aging salesman who sells nothing, is abused by the buyers, and repeatly borros from Charley to make ends meet.
B) Fired by his boss, Howard. C) He judges himself by standards rooted in social myths rather than human necessities. 3. Faulty personality A) Neglecting others include one closest to him; his wife, Linda and his two sons, Biff and Happy. B) lying about affair.
C) Willy constantly put down his wife. 3. Finanical struggles A) He has a difficult time selling anything to earn money. B) Late bills, no premium insurance, and going deep into debt. C) The disadvantage the booming economy has on Willy. D) Finds a way to kill himself to support his family. 4.
Conclusion A) Willy, at times, is a despicable character B) Willy, at times, is a sympathetic character C) Some of Willys traits match Aristotles views of a tragic hero. Bibliography got A for good revisisons and bs like that.