Willy Lowman as a Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller's Death of a Salesman


  • Dr. Sohan Lal Assistant Professor Department of English, Satyawati College University of Delhi, India


sufferings, false standard, modern tragic hero, tragedy, American dream


The character analysis of Death of a Salesman will reveal how the main character, Willy Lowman, struggles to find meaning in his life and reaches a point of despair. He is motivated by the American Dream, but his ambition isn't fulfilled because of the failure he suffers. As a result, he becomes a recluse and ends up regretting his life. Willy Loman is an underprivileged man with many insecurities and flaws. These insecurities are formed when Willy was a young boy. He was abandoned by his father when he was a baby, and he never had the chance to talk to him. He eventually kills himself in the end. However, the analysis of Willy Loman's character will help us understand what makes him the way that he is. While Willy Loman is a lovable, charming, and generous person, he isn't particularly successful He must create an alternate Willy who is more important to others. This is because Willy can't find true value in himself, so he lives by others. In fact, Willy's childhood memories reveal early warning signs of Willy's later problems. He attempts to impress boys by exaggerating the importance and prestige of his job. This character analysis will show that despite his mediocre accomplishments, the character is still far from being a tragic failure. The problem is that Willy lacks a deeper understanding of what defines success and happiness. He believes that the only way to be successful is to have charisma and be popular. This character analysis of Willy Lowman from Death of a salesman will look at the way his personality affects his life.


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How to Cite

Dr. Sohan Lal. (2018). Willy Lowman as a Tragic Hero in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman . Researchers World - International Refereed Social Sciences Journal, 9(1), 185–189. Retrieved from https://researchersworld.com/index.php/rworld/article/view/2237