Who Is Willy Loman A Hero

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Actions speak for one’s character. It shows their morals, and what they value. A tragedy is a drama that can focus on a character’s flaw in order to emphasize the trait that leads them to failure (Ribkoff, 2000). Willy Loman is a character that is striving for the American Dream. His fatal flaw is his inability to succeed. This is a goal that he passes on to his sons, Biff and Happy. Arthur Miller’s play, Death of a Salesman, uses characterization, foils, and symbols in order to show that Willy Loman’s actions represent his moral code. Readers are shown what Willy Loman values most through his characterization. Emphasis is put on being well-liked and having connections. For Willy, that is the best way to succeed. Even though he is not very…show more content…
Both of these things are very important to Willy. A diamond resides with him because he values the looks and worth of what he has. Readers follow Willy through this story, and come to the conclusion that he is not successful at all. He has been reaching for The American Dream his entire life, but he has nothing to show for it. Willy’s brother, Ben, says he has to find his diamond, or purpose in life. He is saying that Willy needs to do something that has actual value. Willy thinks that killing himself is the only way that he can provide for his family in the end. His diamond is a symbol for the life insurance his family will get when he makes his suicide look like an accident. In his eyes, providing for his family this way is his last hope (Miller, 100). Another symbol showing Willy’s emphasis on appearance is his Chevrolet that is seen as "the greatest car ever built" in Willy 's eyes because is a status symbol. He wants others to believe that he is of the highest status. The car also represents his job as a traveling salesman. He wants to appear successful even if he is not (Miller, 21). Willy choosing a refrigerator also supports the idea that Willy’s morals are delusional. He
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