A tragic figure is a characteristic of a dramatic tragedy. Willy is the protagonist

of the play. All his life he wanted to have the American dream. He was so
concerned about making it big; he did not even realize his whole life was
crumbling right underneath him. His family was falling apart and eventually so
did he. Many people have argued that Willy is no tragic hero. There are four
elements to qualify as tragic figure ; noble or impressive character, the main
character's discovery or recognition of a truth about himself, poetic language,
and the ability to arouse and then soothe the audience's pity and fear. Who says
that a tragic hero has to have all those four elements?

Some people say that Willy has all those four elements, and others think Willy is
no one special. Willy realizes a truth about himself in the play and that is that he
is a failure as a salesman, husband and father. He cheats on his wife and buys
silk stocking for his mistress, but yet can’t afford any for his wife. He leads his
sons in the wrong direction by telling them stealing is alright. As well he goes to
Yonkers and comes home empty handed and has to borrow from Charley. Does
this not qualify as the main character's discovery a truth about himself? Willy is a
noble character because he provides for his family even though he borrows from
Charley he makes sure everything is there for his family. Is that a noble

Willy did not let his pride get in the way when he asked Charley for money
every week; he sacrificed for his family is that not being noble? Arthur Miller uses
metaphors and poetic language. Here are some examples Act I"A man is not a
bird, to come and go with the springtime", Act II "Be loving to him, because he's
only a little boat looking for a harbor.” The Audience feels pity for Willy because
what he is doing is not living; but when Willy has a flashback on when his sons
looked up to him and thought of him as hero the audience feels no pity for him.
Instead they are happy for him. A tragic figure has four elements and Willy
Loman does qualify as a tragic figure.

Willy Loman is a tragic figure because he died at the end of the play. Willy

Loman was the main reason for his own downfall. He cheats on his wife; he gets

fired because he is not needed. He lived a lie, and told his sons stealing was

okay. Just before he dies he says that by him will save Biff. Willy

believed that once he died that so many people would go to his funeral; but only

five people went and this proved that Willy lived a lie until he died. Willy Loman

is a tragic figure.

Yes, Willy Loman can be considered a tragic figure based on the criteria commonly associated with tragic heroes. It is important to note that the concept of a tragic hero can vary, and while some may argue that Willy Loman does not possess all the elements typically associated with a tragic hero, others believe that he does fulfill them.

One of the elements is having a noble or impressive character. Willy Loman is a hardworking man who provides for his family and makes sacrifices for them. Despite his flaws, he still tries to do what he believes is best for his loved ones. This can be seen as a noble characteristic.

Another element is the main character's discovery or recognition of a truth about themselves. In the play, Willy realizes that he is a failure as a salesman, husband, and father. He acknowledges his mistakes and shortcomings, which can be seen as a form of self-discovery.

Poetic language is also often associated with tragic heroes. Arthur Miller, the playwright, uses metaphors and poetic language in the dialogue of the play. This adds depth and artistic value to Willy Loman's character and the overall tragic atmosphere of the story.

Furthermore, a tragic hero should be able to arouse and then soothe the audience's pity and fear. Throughout the play, Willy's actions and struggles evoke a sense of pity and fear among the audience. They feel compassion for his failures and the consequences of his actions. However, it is important to note that during certain moments, such as when Willy has flashbacks of when his sons looked up to him, the audience may feel a sense of happiness rather than pity for him.

Ultimately, whether or not Willy Loman fully fits the traditional criteria of a tragic hero is subjective. However, he possesses several elements associated with tragic figures, making him a potentially valid interpretation of a tragic hero.