Death Of A Salesman: Willy's Suicide Is His Downfall



In the drama Death of a Salesman by Author Miller the main character, Willy Loman, is a struggling salesman who prosontifies the true definition of a domestic tragic hero. A domestic tragic hero is an ordinary man, who has good qualities, but has several fatal flaws. Examples of Willy’s flaws are having false values, and also being dishonest. These fatal flaws lead to the character's downfall. Willy’s ultimate downfall is committing suicide in the end.
First of all, Willy has false values. He raised his children with the idea that popularity and being well liked is what makes one a success and righteous person. Willy says to Biff in Act 1, “Be liked and you will never want” ...

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Biff stole a football from school and a whole case of them at the sporting goods store were he worked. Willy’s motto was that biff didn’t mean any harm. Willy even laughed when the boys stole lumber from a construction sight nearby. This proves that Willy is passing his false values to his sons.
Secondly, Willy is a dishonest man. Willy tries to get Bernard to let Biff cheat off of him on a math test. Willy says to Bernard, “you’ll give him the answers” (1366; act1). Barnard refuses to give Biff the answers. Willy is also dishonest to Linda. He has an affair with her when he took a trip to Boston. He was also dishonest about his job. He tells that he is going to get paid, but really borrows the money from his friend Charley.
Thirdly, Willy’s downfall is committing suicide. From Willy’s point of view the suicide is an act of love. He believes that by killing himself Biff would be much more successful. Willy says in act 2, “can you imagine that magnificence with ...

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