Please read the following play (Death of a Salesman) from the uploaded textbook pages 961-1041. Let’s discuss the idea of the American hero regarding Death of a Salesman. The American idea of a tragic hero differs substantially from the Ancient Greek idea of the tragic hero and one’s tragic flaw. How do you find value in reading about such American tragic heroes such as Willy Loman?
Directions: You must respond in minimum of 450 words per question. For each question you must provide a thorough and well-detailed explanation. Must support the response with details from the play, including quoted passages and words that help to develop and support the ideas. Must rely on at least 3 scholarly/academic source to support ideas, (one for each question). Must use proper grammar, mechanics and spelling in your response, you have to make use of proper in-text citations and an end-reference.
- In what ways does Will Loman recognize (or fail to recognize) his own shortcomings? Why does this matter? Would you say that Willy Loman’s lack of self-awareness is a major part of the tragedy?
- What did you personally learn about human behavior from the historical aspects of the play and does this play’s commentary on American consumerism resonate with what we see and experience in our society today?
- Is Willy Loman completely responsible for what became of him and his keeping-up-with the Joneses obsession or can we also blame the social and cultural environment in which he lived?