Is Willy Loman a tragic hero?Watch
Could any one expand on any of these points particularly on his flaw, i.e. how Miller shows us this is a fatal flaw + the importance of the poetic language Willy uses ("A man is not a fruit", "The woods are burning").
Cheers in advance!
By tragic hero, i'm assuming your talking about an archetypal one in which the 'hero' has hamartia (tragic flaw of arrogance) and experiences anagnorisis and peripetia (recognition and reversal respectively).
Knowing from what i've read so far, Willy certainly possess a tragic flaw. As ppl have said b4, he is too stubborn to let go of his past, and fails to let go of his belief that it is only ppl who possess the quality of 'personal attractiveness' that will succeed in life.
However, does reversal occur in the play? Although I haven't read Act II I am aware that Willy commits suicide in the end. But is this due to some sort of recognition? Does his luck change from good to bad as in classic greek tragedy? True, he was happy in the past and in a state of depression now, but this change of luck was not due to the fact that Willy recognised his mistakes (or am I wrong? Haven't read Act II so plz correct me! Is it due to the fact that he realizes that he was cheating w/ that woman wrong that his luck changed?). Hence, in this sense, perhaps you can see that Willy does not conform into the archetypal tragic hero.
I would love to be more elaborate by I have to go now! Hope this was of some help~.