Is Willy Loman A Tragic Hero

Is Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman a tragic hero?

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I believe that Willy Loman can be considered a tragic hero, and was intended by his author to be a tragic hero, only in the sense that he is not an individual but a type. Willy Loman represents the millions of hard-working American men who end up on the ash heap when they get too old to be of value to their employers. Willy Loman by himself is too insignificant a character to be considered a tragic hero, but if we think of him as being multiplied by the millions who preceded him and the millions who will follow him, then his fate becomes tragic by the sheer weight of numbers. It seems obvious that Arthur Miller intended Willy to symbolize workers under capitalism. They start off full of hopes, dreams, and enthusiasm when they are young, but most of them end up like Willy--worn out, disillusioned, defeated, discarded, despised by their own children, still struggling to pay off their debts, still wondering what went wrong with their plans. If Willy Loman is regarded as a type rather than...

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