Is Willy Loman A Tragedy

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The play The Death of a Salesman, written by Arthur Miller is about a character named Willy Loman who was a salesman for a big company, but when he could not work anymore, he was fired and not able to provide for his family anymore so he chose to end it all. Tragedy is defined by Aristotle as the imitation of an action that is serious and also, as having magnitude, complete in itself; in appropriate and pleasurable language;... in a dramatic rather than narrative form; with incidents arousing pity and fear, wherewith to accomplish a catharsis of these emotions. Death of a Salesman is a tragedy because Willy falls due to a tragic flaw in his own life and it is used to build empathy through Willy’s struggles and eventually his suicide. A tragic…show more content…
Willy Loman fits this character trait because his story follows the life of a failing salesman that just lost his job and the impacts that it has on his family eventually resulting in his own death. The contributing factors to this are that he had lost his job in the sales business, he had also slowly lost his own family because of his own life delusions and the final factor is that he had eventually taken his own life. Willy’s actions take a toll on the lives of his family and those around him because he had too much belief in himself that he could not take living any longer when it got tough so he took his own life. This impacted his family in a sense of leaving them with something to deal with after they learn he is dead and it puts a burden on his family because even though they have the money for themselves, they do not have their husband, dad or brother to be with them anymore and turn to when things are tough. This has the biggest impact on Biff. Willy justifies these actions before he takes his life by saying that when he is gone Biff and his family will have the money to pay rent and continue to succeed further, so he said that he is just better off dead than
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