Saying these words, Willy means that all his life is spent in vain and there are no results of it.
Willy understands that salesman is not the best profession and his desire to sacrifice his life for the benefit of his family is nothing but the desire to save his dignity and do not declare in public that all he has been planning was ruined.
He got only as far as Yonkers, and doesn't remember the details of the trip.
He tells Linda that he kept swerving onto the shoulder of the road, but Linda thinks that it must be faulty steering in the car.
Miller states that “the common man is as apt a subject for tragedy in its highest sense as kings were” (Miller ‘Tragedy’ 1461).
Willy Loman is a simple person who used to work as a salesman, but due to age and health problems he wants to settle less active life.
This is the first argument which proves that Willy Loman is a tragic hero.
Arthur Miller also believes that a hero becomes tragic when he is “ready to lay down his life, if need be, to secure one thing – his sense of personal dignity” (Miller ‘Tragedy’ 1462).
Act I (Loman Home, Present Day): The salesman, Willy Loman, enters his home. Linda Loman, his wife, puts on a robe and slippers and goes downstairs. Linda is mostly jovial, but represses objections to her husband.
Her struggle is to support him while still trying to guide him.