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*** If Loman is a metaphor for the “everyman,” what point is Miller making about the human condition and about the futility of modern life in a capitalist society? What is he suggesting about the struggle to attain the American Dream?***
( From the AP English Literature exam, 2003)
According to critic Northrop Frye, “Tragic heroes are so much the highest points in their human landscape that they seem the inevitable conductors of the power about them, great trees more likely to be struck by lightning than a clump of grass. Conductors may of course be instruments as well as victims of the divine lightning.” Arthur Miller argued that Willy Loman is a tragic hero. Though he is hardly a “great tree” he certainly “conducts” the conflict of this drama, but seems much more a victim than an instrument of “the divine lightning.”
In your response, refer extensively to your text and at least 2 acceptable academic resources to provide relevance in defense of your thesis.
(Before delving into your paper, be sure to include a brief summary of the play in the first or second paragraph. Assume that your reader is unfamiliar with the play and its characters before you discuss them). Review the information in the text regarding the tragic hero, according to the early Greeks.
MLA. Papers must be correctly formatted with a heading, title, running head. At least two additional resources (acceptable academic resources) must be included. Resources must be correctly cited and you must include a works cited page.