Aristotle said a play has to have four elements to qualify as a tragedy: 1) noble or impressive characters; 2) the main character's discovery or recognition of a truth or fault in himself ; 3) poetic language; and 4) the ability to arouse and then soothe the audience's pity and fear.Some critics consider that whether Death of a Salesman is a tragedy or not is debatable on all four sections, while others think the play meets all these criteria.Willy comes to face, the absurdity of life, and it is for this reason that "attention must be paid." As Linda says "A small man can be just as exhausted as a great man," this reinforces the idea that a tragic hero must no longer be a man of high moral stature, he need not have the power or largeness of a King but he can be an ordinary "Lowman" to be influential on an audience and because Death of a Salesman is also a criticism of the moral and social standards of contemporary America, not merely a record of the particular plight of one man.
During the play Biff and Happy talk day after day about their American dream but never quite start the steps to achieve it. Biff tries to rebel against Willy in the beginning by failing math and moving out west. Happy, Biff and Willy all have the American Dream as their goal but suffer the torment of never accomplishing all that they have foreseen for the future.
He has alternatives, but he chooses to live in a certain way that brings about his downfall that is the difference between Willy and his salesman neighbour Charley who chooses other ways of achieving success.
As soon as Death of a Salesman opened, critics began writing about its relation to Greek tragedy, usually pointing out that Willy doesn't qualify as a tragic hero.
More coursework: 1 - A | B | C | D | E | F | G | H | I - J | K - L | M | N - O | P - S | T | U - Y Willy Loman is often described as a Tragic Hero. Critics have hotly debated the question of whether Willy Loman is a tragic hero or whether Death of a Salesman is a tragedy.
Dramatic tragedy was invented and defined by the Greeks.