Death Of A Salesman
Aristotle describes the definition of a tragedy is “watching a great man fall”. This statement comes into play with the story of Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. In this play a old man had worked his whole life for his family and in the end they don’t realize what sacrifices Willy has made for them. After all those years the stress get’s to Willy and he goes insane, and starts to relive the past but doesn’t realize that he really is talking to himself ...view middle of the document...
And his dream was to finally own the house he lives in and provide a great basic foundation for his family to live off of, but his family doesn’t really realize hat he has tried to do for them. They think of him as a fool, but really he is a great man.
After all the years Willy puts into his job the company does him dirty and undercuts his job and sends him home with the news that he could no longer provide for his family. Then that afternoon Willy heads home and starts to plant a garden and talk to his dead brother which imagines that is there and comes up with the idea that in the world he lives in he could get money for his family through his life insurance, but after he kills himself his wife makes the final payment on the house. The money from the life insurance never came to his family so in the end there was no real purpose for him to kill himself.
In this story it seemed Willy was a doomed hero from the start of the play. In the beginning his wife talks to their two sons about how their father tried to kill himself by driving of a bridge, but the river was only a couple inches deep. Then the play describes how the stress of a salesman has gotten to Will and driven him insane over the years. But the irony of the story is Willy had just wanted to finally own his house so his family could be there for future generations, but he dies thinking it would help. In the end his wife and family didn’t get the life insurance money and made the final payment on the house after Willy had died, so he had died for no real purpose. With his death having no purpose a great man had fallen on that day.