Fatal Flaw Analysis

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An Analysis of Fatal Flaws: Does the Punishment Fit the Crime? A timeless question that has been asked for centuries is: does the punishment fit the crime? A question that is applicable to a multitude of situations and people, but more so to Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman, and his infamous character Willy Loman. Some may argue that Willy did not have a fatal flaw, a hamartia, and that he is not a tragic hero because he does not fit the classic mold of one but Willy has multiple flaws, each one leading to his pointless death. The most tragic of all of Willy’s flaws is his ultimate failure as a father and his inability to be a strong patriarchal figurehead for his family. Willy fails as father because of his own lack of…show more content…
Schneider. While Field calls Schneider's analysis of the play “a bit forced, a bit psychoanalytic,” he does go on to say that Schneider does make a good point. As Willy has moulded his children in his image, he has passed down his resentment of his older brother Ben, to his youngest son Happy. Happy resents Biff because of Willy’s love for Biff is more than he has ever given happy. The most Wily has ever given Happy is his taste for resentment. The case presents for Willy as a tragic hero is one I agree with. Willy has the most important making for a tragic hero, a hamartia, his being all his failures as a father. Willy does not fit the model for a tragic hero but he does have all the qualities of one. While Willy is no Brutus or Juliet, he is a man whose flaws have lead to his untimely death, a death is so downplayed in the Requiem that it could be used to make the case of Willy’s tragicness. All of Willy’s hamartias, his incompetence as a father to his lackluster moral compass, have earned his title as a tragic
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