Willy Loman

Willy Loman
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  • Tragic Hero
  • Hamartia
  • Willy, everything will be fine dear. We only have one last payment on the house.
  • Hubris
  • Willy we have to let you go.
  • Willy Loman is the tragic hero in the play Death of a Salesman because he represents millions of hard working men when end up tossed away when they get too old to be of use in the work force.
  • Periperia
  • He doesn't understand reality
  • Willy is going nowhere
  • Willy Loman's hamartia is his denial of reality. He suffers from his denial of reality and when forced to face reality rather than dealing with it he commits suicide.
  • Anagnorisis
  • I have failed in achieving my dream
  • Willy's excessive pride comes from his arrogance of his dreams blinding him from reality. He believes there is nothing better than his dreams and does not see the reality he is in.
  • Catharsis
  • Willy set out to achieve material success and from that achieve happiness as a traveling salesman. However Willy's family is in debt, his colleagues do not notice him, and he is exhausted.
  • Willy experiences a moment of self discovery when Willy realizes the reality of the situation he is in and ultimately this leads to his death. Towards the end of the play he realizes success is not materialistic and he has not achieved success.
  • Willy has been living illusions of the past and thinks his world is perfect as it is but when this all changes for him and leads to his demise the audience feels pity and remorse for him because he is an everyday character many people can relate to his situation.
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