Error in Judgement in Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller

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Willy Loman was a tragic hero his error of judgment and flaw of error lead him to purse the idea that reputation is more relevant in life than knowledge and education to survive in the business world. His inability to cope with the real world but, his heroism of always thinking of his family and his family. His inabilities of recognition and being well liked by many destroy his life. Willy’s hamartia leads to his death, which it is a major characteristic of being a tragic hero. He is unable to face reality and realize that he is not successful in life or at his job; he remains living in a world where he thinks he is greater because he is a sales man. He wants recognition, in the play when he is conversing with Howard and talks about his admiration toward Dave Singleman , he states “I realize that selling was the greatest career a man could want.”. He thought being a salesman was the greatest job in the world because Dave Singleman at the age of eighty-four had died and hundreds of salesman and buyers attended his funeral, and willy wanted that, he wanted the recognition and being well liked so many people would come to his funeral. Willy also puts importance in appearances. He talks down to Bernard because he is anemic, calling him “what an anemic”, and stereotyping him because he wears glasses and he is a well put student in school. Willy makes this statement about appearances, “That’s just what I mean, Bernard can get the best marks in school, y’understand, but when he

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