“The man who makes an appearance in the business world, the man who creates personal interest, is the man who gets ahead” (33). In Death of a Salesman, Arthur Miller uses foil characters to elucidate Willy’s flaws that ultimately prevent him and his family from succeeding. The contrast between Charley and Willy and Bernard and Biff serves to highlight how Willy’s obsession with achieving his version of the American Dream impacts both his life and his children’s. His poor values are passed on to his children producing even more failures. ¬¬¬¬Both Charley and Willy work as salesmen, however Charley represents what Willy desired to become – successful.
It is not a vice that results in his downfall, but some error or frailty. In “Death of a Salesman” Willy can be characterized as a tragic hero. Willy began as a great and successful man but due to his error of judgment, he looses it all and in the end he realizes that he is worth more dead than alive. Aristotle says that a hero must be, firstly, good. Willy Loman is a good man with good intentions.
The tragic hero makes what seems to be absurd mistakes, which makes the audience think that the hero deserves his fate, but the hero also lost everything, which strikes pity from the audience. In the novel Ethan Frome, the audience feels empathy towards Ethan because of the very serious decisions he has to make; leave Zeena and be with Mattie or to stay with Zeena. The audience conversely condemns him for his decision in “the smash-up”. The two conflicting emotions of condemnation and empathy makes the novel more interesting and teaches the audience that our decisions influence our fate, which is taught in all tragic hero
Heroes arose, one of them being John Proctor. John Proctor fits the standards for a modern-day tragic hero set in Arthur Miller's essay, "Tragedy and the Common Man" because he was ready to lay down his life for his "sense of personal dignity" (Tragedy and the Common Man, 1), he is unwilling "to remain passive in the face of what he conceives
Throughout the play, the Loman family evolves differently. Willy finds out his dream of being an popular, well respected salesman is impossible and takes his own life. Linda supports Willy despite the abuse and confusion he puts her through with his various attempts to take his own life, with his delirious ramblings and hallucinations, and with his constant deception. Happy still sees his father as a hero and Biff finally begins to grasp the truth of the “American Dream”. When Willy kills himself, all of the Loman family, including Willy, break free from the web of false dreams he spun and begin to understand Willy’s failings.
John Proctor, Arthur Miller’s main character in The Crucible, portrays these characteristics of a tragic hero. The people of Salem view John as a good person: “No, you cannot break your charity with your minister. You are another kind, John.” But, like a tragic hero, John faces a downfall due to his pride and mistakes: “God help me, I lusted.” HUBRIS In The Crucible, John Proctor has great pride in his reputation. According to Aristotle, a tragic hero’s pride or arrogance is called hubris. A tragic hero’s hubris causes his or her downfall.
In the play Antigone, Lord Creon was portrayed as the tragic hero. A tragic hero makes a poor decision which ultimately leads to his own downfall. Lord Creon had special characteristics which led him to be the tragic hero in the play. Creon has a few weaknesses, the greatest being his excessive amount of pride which was known as hubris. He was also faced with a major life changing decision.
John Proctor from Arthur Miller’s The Crucible is a tragic hero among tragic heroes. John is a noble man; however, he does have his flaws. His imperfections are visible to the audience throughout the play. Many people may see themselves in Proctor, for aside from all his grandeur, he is still a sinner in the eyes of an angry God. John Proctor’s role in The Crucible rouses three emotions: fear, shock, and empathy; the same three emotions found in a tragic hero.
Even tough we see him arguing with himself and feeling disgusted, showing that he is very much humane, and his only fault being way too ambitious. That was interesting because we get the feeling that something out of the ordinary is coming up and our anticipation gets into the story straightaway. At the very end, in the beginning of Macbeth’s downfall we didn 't expect that a murderer like him would, even in defeat, display conscience and bravery. "I will not yield to kiss the ground before young Malcolm 's feet,... And damn 'd be him that first cries 'Hold, enough! '" (Line 32-39, Pg 249).
This quote is an example of John Proctor threatening Abigail to get the outcome that he desires, the one that is best for him. He doesn't seem to care what the consequences for her are, he just wants to get himself and the people he cares about of the hook. It is a very selfish way to solve his problems. A great example of how selfish John Proctor is, it shows that he doesn't want himself getting caught with Abigail so he has to end things with her with very harsh language and a not so soft approach. He doesn't care if Abigail still has feelings and cant get over him, he only cares that he is not caught and thought of as a the bad and dishonorable man as he is.