"Death of a Salesman" by Arthur Miller.

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Is Willy Loman A Tragic Hero? ============================= In Willy Loman's character, Arthur Miller has created a stereotypical 1930's working class male. As his name implies, he is a 'low man', an ordinary person. Some might believe that he fits all criteria, as defined by Aristotle, necessary to be considered as a conventional tragic hero. However, others may disagree, arguing that Willy's self-deception and frequent moral lapses prevent him from being recognised as the true hero of …

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…as a tragic hero; among the likes of Shakespeare's Heroes and Greek Champions. Willy shows us the nobility of his actions, and all though he has made several mistakes, throughout the play he has been trying to provide sufficiently for his family. Even in death, he hoped to secure a $20,000 payment to ensure his families continuing success and the realisation of Biff's dream. This ultimate sacrifice secures Willy's place as a modern day tragic hero.