Willy Loman As A Tragedy

703 Words3 Pages
The Merriam-Webster’s collegiate dictionary defines tragedy as “an event causing great suffering, destruction, and distress, such as a serious accident, crime, or natural catastrophe.”. There is a lot of controversy on whether or not Death of a Salesman by Arthur Miller is a tragedy. Many argue that it is not because no real grief or pity is created in the audience throughout the story; however, many more thematic elements are included in this play. Willy Loman, the center of the story, wants to live a perfect life but he never accomplishes his dreams. His pride essentially causes his own death and the tragic ending to the story. Rather than living an easy, pleasing life, he lived filled with agony and disappointment. Willy Loman was more concerned with being liked and powerful than he was with his own family, his “American Dream” was unattainable, and his pride brought his own downfall, all of which created a tragic story. Work consumed Willy’s whole life. The most important thing in life to him was to be a successful businessman that had many friends and was well liked. Most of the time, his dream, or the “American Dream” clouded his head and made him neglect his family. “Without a penny to his name, three great universities are begging for him, and from there the sky’s the limit, because it’s not what you do, Ben. It’s who you know and the smile on your face! It’s contacts, Ben, contacts! The whole wealth of Alaska passes over the lunch table at the Commodore Hotel, and
Get Access